10 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Basia Bulat’s smartest move was enlisting the help of Tim Kingsbury of Arcade Fire and Mark Lawson, the GRAMMY-winning engineer of the Fire’s album The Suburbs. By locking in two people further out from her usual folk style, she ensured herself an album that would be like no other in her catalog. If purists turn their noses up at the upbeat pop frills of “Promise Not to Think About Love,” it’s unfortunate, since like many of the songs here, the additional backup choruses and bouncy grooves make that track practically irresistible. Besides, she’s shown her quirky side all along (2007’s “La-Da-Da” anyone?), and she did let her former producer, Howard Bilerman, alternate mixes with Lawson. She still communes with her autoharp on the soaring, birdlike “It Can’t Be You.” And the strength lurking in the honest and vulnerable “Paris or Amsterdam” is a work of palpable grace under pressure.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Basia Bulat’s smartest move was enlisting the help of Tim Kingsbury of Arcade Fire and Mark Lawson, the GRAMMY-winning engineer of the Fire’s album The Suburbs. By locking in two people further out from her usual folk style, she ensured herself an album that would be like no other in her catalog. If purists turn their noses up at the upbeat pop frills of “Promise Not to Think About Love,” it’s unfortunate, since like many of the songs here, the additional backup choruses and bouncy grooves make that track practically irresistible. Besides, she’s shown her quirky side all along (2007’s “La-Da-Da” anyone?), and she did let her former producer, Howard Bilerman, alternate mixes with Lawson. She still communes with her autoharp on the soaring, birdlike “It Can’t Be You.” And the strength lurking in the honest and vulnerable “Paris or Amsterdam” is a work of palpable grace under pressure.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

31 Ratings

BEST IN THE WORLD!

allthingsmustpass13,

If you've never listened to Basia before, you're missing out on what I believe to be the greatest musical talent there is. Her first two albums before this were untouchable, and I was lucky enough to hear some of these new tracks live recently. I'm certain that this work is on par with all the greatness she's created already. Essential tracks include "Tall Tall Shadow" and "It Can't Be You".
Basia Bulat, BITW

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Scotchfox,

She sounds a lot more passionate and mature on this album. She's a great find. Definitely recommend it so far

About Basia Bulat

Canadian singer/songwriter Basia Bulat became one of the indie world's most talked about newcomers with the release of her first full-length album, 2007's Oh, My Darling. Originally from Toronto, Bulat later resettled in the quieter community of London, Ontario, where she recorded a self-released EP in 2005. Her rich, expressive voice proved to be the ideal vehicle for her songs, which dealt with love and life with a combination of sadness and wonder, and her melodies were bolstered by a band that incorporated strings and keyboards along with the traditional drums and guitar. In 2006, producer Howard Bilerman -- best known for his work with the Arcade Fire -- took Bulat and her band into the studio to record her first full-length album; the result, Oh, My Darling, caught the ear of the esteemed U.K. label Rough Trade, which signed Bulat and released the disc in the spring of 2007, before she had a deal in Canada or the United States.

British reviews for Oh, My Darling were enthusiastic, and a tour of England and Europe impressed critics and fans alike. The Canadian independent label Hardwood Records (home to noted singer/songwriter Hayden) signed Bulat in the summer of 2007 and released Oh, My Darling the following fall. The album fared well in Bulat's homeland, where it was short-listed for Canada's Polaris Music Prize (an honor it lost to Caribou) and encouraged Bulat to continue touring. She remained on the road for several years, playing a slew of international dates while compiling material for her next album. Heart of My Own arrived in early 2010. Her home country began to recognize her as a national treasure, inviting her to participate in two sacred Canadian events: an appearance on Hockey Night in Canada in December of 2011, and in mid-2012, singing the national anthem at an Ottawa Senators baseball game. In October of 2013, Bulat issued her third album, Tall Tall Shadow, her first offering for Secret City Records. After writing a new batch of songs inspired by a romance gone sour, Bulat recorded her fourth full-length album, Good Advice, in Kentucky with Jim James of My Morning Jacket producing the sessions; the album was released in February 2016. ~ Mark Deming

  • ORIGIN
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • GENRE
    Alternative
  • BORN
    April 13, 1984

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