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Helix – Best Of 1983-2012

Helix – Best Of 1983-2012
(Helix Records) Kitchener Ontario’s Helix is a band with a split personality. Live they are one of this country’s most dynamic on-stage performers with a heavy metal persona that rivals any major international live act. Yet on the radio; its soft rock, pop tracks like ` Gimme, Gimme Good Lovin’ and their A Foot In Cold Water’s `Make Me Do’... Read More

Platinum Blonde – Now & Never

Platinum Blonde – Now & Never
(Fontana North) Toss away any preconceptions of Platinum Blonde being another rehashed classic rock band. Fueled by the inclusion of two new members; bassist Rob Laidlaw and drummer Daniel Todd, vocalist Mark Holmes and guitarist Sergio Galli score with 10 tracks that bristle with a vibrancy that demand attention. Credit producer Murray Daigle with shaping the band’s dance/rock awareness in... Read More

The Tragically Hip – Now For Plan A

The Tragically Hip – Now For Plan A
(Universal) He’s done it again! Gord Downie will have pundits scrambling through their McNally Maps to figure out where the hell is Attawapiskat as in “Goodnight Attawapiskat”( of course it’s that Indian reserve that’s been crying for mobile housing). A trademark brainteaser in an album that reflects all the band’s positive virtues, stinging guitars swirling around Gord Downie’s poetic phraseology.... Read More

Jim Foster – A Sailor’s Advice

Jim Foster – A Sailor’s Advice
(Qwest) Record seven songs with no headphones into your iPhone, run them through a Mac computer, add some stereo echo and the result is Jim Foster’s A Sailor’s Advice, as he notes, kinda like Sun Records gone digital. This amazingly efficient and cost effective recording method has produced an excellent set of acoustic guitar solos and plaintive folky lyrics, all... Read More

Cindy Church – Sad Songs Make Me Happy

Cindy Church – Sad Songs Make Me Happy
(Outside Music) As Church herself acknowledges in the album linear notes, the inspiration for this release was prompted by an acoustic session around her kitchen table when the rendition of a country tune prompted Cindy to confess that “sad songs make her happy” This prompted a very informal recording session which almost sounds like a home taping, Church’s plaintive vocals... Read More

BLUE RODEO – 1987-1993

BLUE RODEO – 1987-1993
(Warner Music) Blue Rodeo fans are into an orgy of audio delights with the release of an eight-disc box set which features remastered versions of their intial five albums; `Outskirts’, `Diamond Mine’,` Casino’, `Lost Together’ and `Five Days In July’ plus a completely remixed version of `Outskirts’ plus and Odds And Ends Cd of new tracks and b-sides. Complete with... Read More

Jarvis Church – Soul Station Vol 01, The Songs Of Sam Cooke

Jarvis Church – Soul Station  Vol 01, The Songs Of Sam Cooke
(EMI) You can’t say Jarvis Church (a.k.a Gerald Eaton) doesn’t have the vocal chops to pay tribute to the late great Sam Cooke, and this seven-song collection allows Church to put his own spin on the arrangements while staying faithful to the original material. Better known as the production partner of Brian West on the Track And Field team which... Read More

Nelly Furtado – The Spirit Indestructible

Nelly Furtado – The Spirit Indestructible
The first couple of songs the public got to hear from Nelly Furtado’s fourth English album, The Spirit Indestructible, are party tracks “Big Hoops (The Bigger The Better)” and current single, “Parking Lot,” but it’s a deeper album than that. The title, named after one of her songs, is a strong statement, two words — “spirit,” “indestructible” — that even... Read More