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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.


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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