Some people might be growing weary of the country/folk/pop genre that artists like Iron and Wine, Andrew Bird, and the entire Monsters of Folk crew fall into. I am not some people. What can I say? I have a soft spot for anything that sounds like the lovechild of Bob Dylan and the Beatles. I also have a soft spot for Canadian rockers. (Who doesn’t, these days?)
Enter Jason Collett. This lanky rocker used to play part-time with Broken Social Scene back in the day. Much like your average folk singer, Collett croons about love and loss. Rat a Tat Tat is Collett’s fourth solo album, and its songs are accordingly polished and catchy. But they’re also fun, emanating a sense of lightness that other folk artists tend to lack. You’d never be able to guess that Collett recently turned 40.
“The modesty of Collett’s ambitions is evident in the way he doesn’t seem to mind being stuck beneath some of rock’s more omnipresent influences … Still, he deserves loads of credit, particularly considering his folk milieu, for almost always putting the song in front of the self.”