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Brendan Canning occasionally makes layered and gorgeous music that sounds like his most popular band, Broken Social Scene, and this latest solo LP is along those lines. Opening with the Steve Burns meets OK Go power pop packed “Book It To Fresno” and continuing with the dreamy “Vibration Walls” and the horn and button fuelled “Keystone Dealers” (think Flight of the Conchords without the funny), the disc dishes out more delicious flavours in the first few minutes than your average fancy brunch buffet. “Work Out in the Wash” gets all ‘70s retro in the right way, while “Sleeping Birds Like Lasers” is a tiny tease of Canning’s You Gots 2 Chill era, less so in instrumentation than in vibe. Winding down with the delightful “Baby’s Going Her Own Way”, the album comes to a logical close. What the disc really proves is that Canning can sing, and as much as his signature sound is placing his hushed vocals deep in the mix, one wonders why, as it’s such a great centrepiece and despite his best efforts to hide it, still jumps out at you.