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In 2010, Elizabeth Powell’s career was on fire. Her sophomore release under the moniker Land of Talk—which featured members of Arcade Fire and Stars no less—was garnering critical acclaim, eventually being longlisted for the 2011 Polaris Prize, Canada’s album of the year award. The venues were getting bigger and bigger for the onetime Broken Social Scene member, riding the wave as indie rock was reaching peak popularity.

But then tragedy struck. Not only did her hard drive crash and with it, all of her demos, Powell’s father had a stroke on New Year’s Day 2013. Overnight, Powell went from performing on some of North America’s most important stages to becoming a full-time caregiver. For all intents and purposes, her music career seemed over.

But her career isn’t over.

on second, third and fourth listens—something this album absolutely deserves—the track becomes a heartbroken and battle-tested anthem; Powell pleads to maybe her father, her listeners, or quite possibly herself to keep pursuing, as tough as life can get. “It’s gonna get worse” she sings, but later adds, “life’s not long, why don’t you live it,” just before launching into a cathartic guitar solo.

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