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Album Review

Jason Collett rarely tires of exploring the limits of his 1970s songwriter fascination, and Rat A Tat Tat finds him evoking the rootsy, sun-dappled sounds of George Harrison, Bob Dylan, and Kris Kristofferson. By now a major player in Toronto’s indie scene, he ambles through these 11 tracks with help from a number of local musicians, including Robbie Lackritz (Feist’s former sound engineer) and longtime partners Carlin Nicholson and Michael O’Brien — who, after recording 2008’s Here’s to Being Here, began pursuing their own interests by launching the pop band Zeus. Rat A Tat Tat has its share of poppy moments, too, but Collett is more concerned with appropriating the sounds of yesteryear’s rock staples, from the classic rock slide guitars that fill “Lake Superior” to the elegiac “Long May You Love,” which could’ve been lifted from Harrison’s All Things Must Pass. There's also an eccentricity to the album, whose quirks and lighthearted appeal make it a logical sequel to Here's to Being Here. Few songs from either record match the bombast of his work with Broken Social Scene, perhaps, but Collett’s albums are better viewed as part of a whole, and Rat A Tat Tat strengthens the country-fried side of his solo personality.

Biography

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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