Release Date: January 21, 2014
No Quarter Records; 10 Tracks; CD, MP3
Review by: Colton Eddy
If there's one thing that Canadians do very well, its crafting a finely tuned piece of Americana.
Toronto singer-songwriter Doug Paisley, a moustache-sporting plaiddict, has got nothing to prove. He is comfortably in good company and in his own words, this record is "just as earnest and straightforward" as anything he's done before. It's his own brand of earnest folk that is honest and relentlessly merciful in its unforgiving melodies.
On his last record, Constant Companion, attention was drawn from critical archetypes like the Rolling Stone Magazine and the New Yorker. It was the featured guests like Leslie Feist and Garth Hudson of The Band that brought light and perhaps a bit of credibility.
Before entering the album's closer, Afie Jurvanen of Bahamas - who once confessed to Sticky that he'd want Doug Paisley to play at his funeral - chimes in to deliver an anthemic ditty of Blue Rodeo standard with "Where The Light Takes You". In this song, if this were a direct concept record, the reflective poet in "Radio Girl" is building his courage to deliver the declaration in the final track.
If just to slow time into something scarce and manageable, these forty minutes provide ample kindling to set the mood. And in tradition with our nation's sweetest sounds, there's that feeling of nostalgic transformation back to a time when an album's beauty was not measure just by songs and musicianship, but also by its simplicity.