In Between Evolution

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In Between Evolution
In Between Evolution.jpg
Studio album by The Tragically Hip
Released June 29, 2004
Recorded 2004 at Studio X, Seattle, Washington
Genre Rock
Length 45:28
Label Universal Music Canada
Producer Adam Kasper
The Tragically Hip chronology
In Violet Light
(2002)In Violet Light2002
In Between Evolution
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
PopMatters 4.5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 4.5/5 stars[3]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4/5 stars[4]

In Between Evolution is the ninth full-length album by Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip. It was recorded at Studio X in Seattle and was released June 29, 2004. The album debuted at #1 in Canada,[5] selling 22,500 copies in its first week.[6] However, sales of the album dropped by 50 percent the following week.[6] The album was certified Platinum in Canada in September 2004.[7]

One of the major themes of this album is the response to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. "Heaven Is a Better Place Today" doubles as a tribute to Dan Snyder, a player for the Atlanta Thrashers hockey team who died in an automobile accident nine months before the album's release, and for young men being sent to war.

The Hip performed the song "It Can't be Nashville Every Night" on a season two episode of Canadian situation comedy TV program Corner Gas.

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by The Tragically Hip.

No. Title Length
1. "Heaven Is a Better Place Today" 2:55
2. "Summer's Killing Us" 3:26
3. "Gus: The Polar Bear from Central Park" 4:09
4. "Vaccination Scar" 2:57
5. "It Can't Be Nashville Every Night" 2:53
6. "If New Orleans Is Beat" 3:15
7. "You're Everywhere" 3:34
8. "As Makeshift as We Are" 3:15
9. "Mean Streak" 4:10
10. "The Heart of the Melt" 2:35
11. "One Night in Copenhagen" 2:20
12. "Are We Family" 4:34
13. "Goodnight Josephine" 3:25


  • "Vaccination Scar"
  • "It Can't Be Nashville Every Night"
  • "Summer's Killing Us"
  • "Gus: The Polar Bear from Central Park"

Cover Art[edit]

Cover Art by Cameron Tomsett[8] Cameron is a Canadian artist from Kingston who graduated from Sheridan College's Illustration program in 2003 and lives in Toronto. Samples of the work he was making around the time of this Hip cover are here.