12 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Once the lead singer of The Constantines, Bry Webb left to pursue his solo voice. His second full-length, Free Will, finds the Canadian singer/songwriter in a pensive mood that fans of Mason Jennings, Richard Buckner, and Howe Gelb should find immediately relatable. The often sparse arrangements capture a deadpan vibe that Webb does nothing to dispel on the intense “Positive People.” When he does kick it up a notch for “Prove Me Wrong,” he successfully double-tracks the vocal and brings Aaron Goldstein’s pedal steel to the front of the mix. The album was recorded at 6 Nassau Studio in Toronto by Webb and friends, including Goldstein, Rich Burnett (lap steel, guitar, vocals), Anna Ruddick (bass, vocals), and Nathan Lawr (drums), with coproducer Jeff McMurrich (Owen Pallett, Sandro Perri) adding guest appearances from singer Jennifer Castle, pianist Thomas Hammerton, and hurdy-gurdy player Ben Grossman to fill out the typically sparse sound. While “A.M. Blues” resolves into cacophony, songs like “Let’s Get Through Today" and “What Part of You” work with grand subtlety. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Once the lead singer of The Constantines, Bry Webb left to pursue his solo voice. His second full-length, Free Will, finds the Canadian singer/songwriter in a pensive mood that fans of Mason Jennings, Richard Buckner, and Howe Gelb should find immediately relatable. The often sparse arrangements capture a deadpan vibe that Webb does nothing to dispel on the intense “Positive People.” When he does kick it up a notch for “Prove Me Wrong,” he successfully double-tracks the vocal and brings Aaron Goldstein’s pedal steel to the front of the mix. The album was recorded at 6 Nassau Studio in Toronto by Webb and friends, including Goldstein, Rich Burnett (lap steel, guitar, vocals), Anna Ruddick (bass, vocals), and Nathan Lawr (drums), with coproducer Jeff McMurrich (Owen Pallett, Sandro Perri) adding guest appearances from singer Jennifer Castle, pianist Thomas Hammerton, and hurdy-gurdy player Ben Grossman to fill out the typically sparse sound. While “A.M. Blues” resolves into cacophony, songs like “Let’s Get Through Today" and “What Part of You” work with grand subtlety. 

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