Jason Collett; Idols of Exile (Rhythmethod) BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2006

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Jason Collett: We All Lose One Another
Jason Collett; Idols of Exile (Rhythmethod) BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2006

This Canadian singer-songwriter makes a big impression on this very likeable and diverse debut album: at times he sounds like a less irritating David Grey, elsewhere he reveals some beautiful pop sensibilities, sometimes there is a touch of blues from the guest guitarist, and damn if the guy doesn't sound like he's been a Verlaines fan at one point.

Lots to like in other words, and also an understated delivery which just pulls you in to his intimate style. It's mostly driven by acoustic guitar but pedal steel guitar, piano, string sections or horn parts add the necessary colour. He tells good stories and evokes thoughtful moods, half the tracks are uplifting and the other more introspective.

Think Paul Westerberg (the Replacements), Neil Young, the Band, alt-country . . .

Keeps the interest all the way through every one of its diverse tracks. And quite moving also.

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