The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse

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The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse
Studio album by The Besnard Lakes
Released February 20, 2007
Recorded The Breakglass Studios, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genre Post-rock
Psychedelic rock
Indie rock
Length 45:26
Label Jagjaguwar (U.S.)
Outside Music (Canada)
Producer Jace Lasek, Olga Goreas
The Besnard Lakes chronology
Volume 1
(2003)Volume 12003
The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse
The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night
(2010)The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars link
Drowned in Sound(9/10) link
Pitchfork Media(8.2/10) link
Q3.5/5 stars March 2007
Spin3.5/5 stars March 2007
Stylus(8.3/10) link
Uncut4.5/5 stars March 2007

The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse (sometimes referred to as ...Are the Dark Horse) is the second studio album by the Canadian rock band The Besnard Lakes,[1] released in 2007 (see 2007 in music). The album was The Besnard Lakes' first release on indie label Jagjaguwar and was self-produced by bandleaders Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas. It was nominated for the 2007 Polaris Music Prize.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Olga Goreas, Jace Lasek, and Nicole Lizee.

2."For Agent 13"5:12
3."And You Lied to Me"7:20
5."Because Tonight"7:11
6."Rides the Rails"4:56
7."On Bedford and Grand"5:06
8."Cedric's War"4:05


The Besnard Lakes[edit]

  • Olga Goreasvocals (except on "Disaster"), bass (except on "Disaster"), drums, organ, synthesizer, glockenspiel
  • Jace Lasek – vocals (except on "Devastation"), guitar (except on "Devastation"), organ (on "For Agent 13", "And You Lied to Me", "Because Tonight", "Rides the Rails"), drums, piano, Rhodes, synthesizer, lap steel guitar, tambourine
  • Kevin Laing – drums (on "And You Lied to Me", "Devastation", "Cedric's War")
  • Nicole Lizée – string, horn, flute, and saxophone arrangements (on "Disaster", "Because Tonight", "Rides the Rails"), Rhodes (on "And You Lied to Me", "On Bedford and Grant"), bass, synthesizer
  • Steve Raegele – vocals (on "Rides the Rails"), guitar (on "And You Lied to Me", "Devastation")

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Heather Schnarr – violin (on "Disaster", "Because Tonight", "Rides the Rails")
  • Sophie Trudeau – violin (on "Disaster", "Rides the Rails")
  • Chris SeligmanFrench horn (on "Disaster", "Rides the Rails")
  • Billy Boufford – flute (on "Disaster", "Rides the Rails"), soprano saxophone (on "Disaster", "Rides the Rails")
  • Jonathan Cummins – guitar (on "And You Lied to Me", "Devastation")
  • Eric LaRock – bass (on "Devastation")
  • Jerimiah Bullied – guitar (on "Devastation")
  • George Donoso III – drums (on "Devastation")
  • Jean-Paul Terron – drums (on "Devastation")
  • The Fifth String Liberation Singers Choir – vocals (on "Devastation")


  1. ^ McClintock, J. Scott. "((( The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse > Overview )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-10-28.