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Ron Sexsmith, Retriever

Over the past few years Ron Sexsmith has put out some fantastic records. Hailed as one of Canada’s greatest songwriters by Paul McCartney to Steve Earle, Sexsmith has an ear for lyrics that touch the heart and soul. Starting with 2001’s Blue Boy, Sexsmith began to musically explore different genres like jazz, country, and blues. […]

Buck 65, Talkin’ Honky Blues

Buck 65 is best known as a hip hop artist, but his on latest release, he experiments by mixing the beats with country music. As well, he employs live stringed instruments, giving the album a more down to earth vibe. Buck 65’s rough vocal style and stage persona has been compared favourably to Tom Waits, […]

Jim Guthrie, Now More than Ever

Guthrie’s Morning Noon Night may have used a PlayStation video game as a backing band, but the record was steeped in an indie quirkiness that was easy to fall for. Guthrie follows his sophomore success with a record completely void of all the samples and loops that made Morning Noon Night so appealing. But change […]

Jason Collett, Motor Motel Love Songs

Collett is best known for his collaborations with Juno Award-winning alternative group Broken Social Scene. However, Collett’s solo work is a 180 degree sonic turn from the hard rock edge of Broken Social Scene. Motor Motel Love Songs is full of finely crafted, laid back acoustic songs. The best tracks include the bouncy “Tiny Ocean […]

Melissa Auf Der Maur, Auf Der Maur

Auf Der Maur’s first solo album has been greatly anticipated because of her connections. Her solid bass kept the beat on Hole’s album Celebrity Skin, and allowed the Smashing Pumpkins to continue with their last tour. Musically, Maur’s album is a mix of alternative rock and heavy metal comparable to A Perfect Circle. “Lighting Is […]

Matthew Barber, The Story of Your Life EP

Barber’s first major release is well produced, with a simple rock approach. His pop guitar structures range from laid back cool to fiery aggression — aggression which isn’t present during his live solo set. He weaves themes of love through out this short EP which reside on the edge of devastation. Witty and finely crafted, […]

Music Review: Tori Amos, ‘Tales of a Librarian’

We should have known Amos wouldn’t deliver a traditional greatest hits album. Librarian presents some of her best-known tracks (notably excluding “Caught a Lite Sneeze” and songs from Strange Little Girls and Scarlet’s Walk) in remixed or re-recorded form. Fans will no doubt decry the remixed old favourites at first — which remove reverb on […]

Album Review: Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Shoot from the Hip

While Sophie Ellis-Bextor isn’t gifted with a five-octave vocal range, her very mannered British vocals give her songs a touch of class that her pop peers lack. However, Shoot from the Hip isn’t selling that well on the British charts, which is a shame because it’s a fine progression from her dance-pop debut. Most of […]

Album Review: Cathy Dennis, ‘The Irresistible Cathy Dennis’

Available only as a UK import, this 18-track collection is a compilation of Dennis’ three full-length recordings. You remember Dennis, don’t you? Ten years ago, here debut CD Move to This spawned three top-10 hits, “Touch Me (All Night Long),” “Just Another Dream” and “Too Many Walls.” Dismissed as a British Madonna clone, Dennis’ thin […]

Love Inc., Into the Night

Canadian dance group Love Inc., lead by Groove Station radio DJ Chris Sheppard and vocalist Simone Denny, are best known for their middle-of-the-road dance hits. As a follow-up to their debut, Into the Night doesn’t disappoint. The whole project is ready for multi-format radio impact. Although Sheppard’s grooves tend to border on the generic, Denny’s […]

Music Review: Love Inc., ‘Into the Night’

Canadian dance group Love Inc., lead by Groove Station radio DJ Chris Sheppard and vocalist Simone Denny, are best known for their middle-of-the-road dance hits. As a follow-up to their debut, Into the Night doesn’t disappoint. The whole project is ready for multi-format radio impact. Although Sheppard’s grooves tend to border on the generic, Denny’s […]

Music Review: Alice Deejay, ‘Who Needs Guitars Anyway?’

Alice Deejay scored with their international smash “Better off Alone,” and it’s easy to see why -you don’t need to be fluent to understand a song that’s two sentences deep: “Do you think you’re better off alone/ Talk to me oohoohooho talk to me.” I’d call it minimalist if it didn’t sound so lazy. This […]

Alice Deejay, Who Needs Guitars Anyway?

Alice Deejay scored with their international smash “Better off Alone,” and it’s easy to see why — you don’t need to be fluent to understand a song that’s two sentences deep: “Do you think you’re better off alone/ Talk to me oohoohooho talk to me.” I’d call it minimalist if it didn’t sound so lazy. […]