Basia Bulat: Good Advice

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This is the Canadian singer’s fourth album and it’s a fairly run of the mill, even pedestrian, pop album. Two things lift it above the average: her voice (she’s a bit Sade and has the same glamorous sound) and the production, from Jim James of My Morning Jacket, which adds a pleasing retro echo to the tunes.

Opener La La Lie shows her talents off most fully, a sixties-tinged pop song with echoey keyboard underpinning and a catchy chorus that could make for a nice encore at live shows. Long Goodbye is also good, opening with a bouncy drum beat and more of that keyboard. Track three Let Me In is slower and you’re perhaps hoping for a little more variation as far as the vocals goes; this song is a bit Lily Allen in delivery. In The Name Of goes back to the sixties and that keyboard sound.

Overall it’s half way to being outstanding: the elements of classic pop are all here but it just fails to take off. Still: a cut above the average and if you like her voice you’ll possibly love it.

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