Jason Collett

Album: Here’s To Being Here

Label: Arts & Crafts

Release Date: Feb. 26

**** (out of five)


Jason Collett’s latest album may sound straight-ahead for a Broken Social Scenester, but it’s remarkable all the same. With a deft control of his influences and a Dylan-esque drawl, Collett emits the loosey-goosey vibe of ’70s rock while avoiding any copycat violations. Great natural ingredients like guitar hooks and hand-clap beats are mixed into unique melodies, adding character to this wide range of tunes. Collett’s uplifting brand of easy-listening roots-rock should enable him to toast an even larger audience.



Plants and Animals

Album: Parc Avenue

Label: Secret City Records

Release Date: Feb. 26

**** (out of five)

Montreal’s Plants And Animals don’t mind taking the time to do a job right. Their new album sports no less than three songs clocking in near or over the epic seven-minute mark. It also explains why the trio took three years to complete Parc Avenue, a meticulous and perfectly balanced blend of folk harmonies, sweeping orchestral pop and math-rock instrumentalism. The result is an impressive and often joyous debut that was well worth the wait.


Album: Seventh Tree

Label: Mute Records

Release Date: Feb. 26

*** 1/2 (out of five)

Inspired by a vivid dream and with help from renowned producer Flood, Goldfrapp have drifted into some serene sonic pastures. The electro-whipped glam of previous efforts is soothed by layers of acoustic guitars, symphonic breezes and elongated synthesizer notes. Alison Goldfrapp’s vocals settle into a Kate Bush-like coo — well-suited for these subversive yet effervescent ballads with psychedelic pop and folk signatures. If some find it a tad airy in spots, Seventh Tree should still be the ideal morning-after soundtrack for any dance-weary fan.

Damhnait Doyle

Lights Down Low


February 26

*** (out of five)

Damhnait Doyle¹s fourth solo album is a listener friendly collection of covers. Joy Division¹s Love Will Tear Us Apart and Cheap Trick¹s I Want You To Want Me are among the lovable old chestnuts Doyle is able to magically wring some new life out of. But it is Doyle¹s beautiful vocal talents, particularly evident when she sings Van Morrison's I Wanna Roo You, that makes this more then a mere cover album.