Royal City founding member Jim Guthrie dragged his acoustic guitar out into the open, opting to heavily indulge in some bold studio bluster and multi-instrumental antics for the fulsome Now, More Than Ever. The album’s approach is docile, but its impact is immediate: this is a record packed with gorgeous, intricate pop songs, carried by Guthrie's plaintive whispers and delicate strums. Nominated for Juno best alternative album of the year for 2005. CD contains 12 unreleased bonus tracks.
•"Jim Guthrie has left an indelible mark on the Canadian music scene, from his early days as a home-rock DJ in Guelph, to his searing lead guitar in Royal City, Islands, and Human Highway. But his solo career is outstanding; every musician I know is indebted to him, especially me.. Working on Now More Than Ever with Jim, the band, and Andy Magoffin, none of us really understood the scope of it until it was released to great acclaim in Canada and beyond. Jim's songs are as cryptic as a crossword and as personal as a foot massage. This record changed our lives, may it now change yours." - Owen Pallett