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There’s no doubt that Broken Social Scene member Jason Collett is a Bob Dylan fan. His voice shares a similar scratch and his delivery and phrasing have picked up a few of the great bard’s quirks. “Nothing to Lose” could be a lost Basement Tape with its country lope and “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” reach.  From that rustic point, Collett embellishes and expands until a full modern-day band can carry his tunes. “Henry’s Song” adds bursts of sharp, electric guitar. “Charlyn, Angel of Kensington” uses layers of percussion to convey its prickly feelings. Since this is a solo project — his third solo album — Collett can hire and fire at will. He uses his touring band, Paso Mino, and recorded mostly live. Nevertheless, each tune receives the pieces it needs, no more no less. The sound shifts in accordance with where it’s going. The Harry Nilsson-like “Everybody’s Talkin’” country breeze of “No Redemption Song” is spare and haunting. The brooding quiet of “Somehow” reflects the sadcore elements that underpin Collett’s musical sense.

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This album is great absolutly awesome. I saw and heard Jason Collett for the first time in guelph a couple of weeks ago. He had an awesome energy and played a decent show, good times. I've been waiting ever since and am not disappointed whatsoever. Favourite song so far OUT OF TIME for sure but the rest is catchy and creative. Pick up this album.


He has a thoroughly unique voice and a remarkable talent for writing poetic lyrics. This album is nothing short of wonderful, but entirely different from his previous work. Each song is wholy different and is strong enough to stand alone. I particularly am addicted to Out of Time, Not Over You and No Redemption Song. His lyrics have always reminded me of the great poets of the 60's and his voice has a timelwss quality. Get it, listen to it, love it.

Here's To Being Here!

i've had this album for a while, but just to add to the review list: it's simply great, all of his music is so nice to listen to. awesome summer music and out of time, charlyn angel of kensignton & no redemption song are my favourites. can't wait to see him at bluesfest again this year :)


Born: Bramalea, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Toronto native Jason Collett has earned accolades for his solo albums and tenure with several different bands -- most notably Broken Social Scene -- but it was his association with fellow songwriter Andrew Cash that first garnered him critical acclaim. After performing in the Andrew Cash Band during the late '80s and early '90s, Collett joined up with Ursula, an alternative rock spinoff of Cash's previous group. The band toured Canada and opened up for acts such as the Odds, but after several years...
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