Reckon

Reckon

by Jason Collett
     
 

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More than a few American songwriters have been weighing in on the troubled state of the nation in the election year of 2012, and Jason Collett (best known for his work with Broken Social Scene) confirms similar anxieties are brewing north of the border in Canada as he takes a long, hard look at North American malaise on his album

Overview

More than a few American songwriters have been weighing in on the troubled state of the nation in the election year of 2012, and Jason Collett (best known for his work with Broken Social Scene) confirms similar anxieties are brewing north of the border in Canada as he takes a long, hard look at North American malaise on his album Reckon. As the Occupy movement poses questions about global economic equality, Collett takes a jaunty but pointed look at the lives of the haves versus the have-nots in "I Wanna Rob a Bank," while the exploitation of Third World peoples for their minerals and jewels is an undercurrent in "Black Diamond Girl," the economic and environmental impact of oil exploration informs "Miss Canada," "Talk Radio" is a brief but affecting look at one man watching the world and the culture he knows crumbling around him, and the troubling state of the world as summarized in "When the War Came Home" and "Don't Let the Truth Get to You." Politics isn't all Collett has on his mind on Reckon, but there are plenty of other signs here of a world where ethics are in short supply -- the unfaithful husband of "Ask No Questions," the oblique musings on patriotism in "Jasper Johns' Flag," the lover's lament of "You're Not the One and Only Lonely One," and a lifetime of disappointment hovering in the air in "When Things Go Wrong." Collett doesn't rant on Reckon, and the subdued tone of this music hardly makes it sound like a call to arms, but he's more than capable of making himself heard without shouting, and the artful dynamics of the music reinforce the intelligent disdain of the music. If Collett sometimes sounds like he's viewing these events from a distance, he sees some details the folks in the thick of the action might have missed, and Reckon is a statement that hits hard (and close to home) if you'll give it a careful listen.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2012
Label:
Arts & Crafts
UPC:
0827590750029
catalogNumber:
752
Rank:
150513

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Pacific Blue
  2. Jasper Johns' Flag
  3. King James Rag
  4. Sailor Boy
  5. Ask No Questions
  6. You're Not the One and Only Lonely One
  7. Miss Canada
  8. Talk Radio
  9. I Wanna Rob a Bank
  10. Where Things Go Wrong
  11. Song of the Silver-Haired Hippie
  12. Black Diamond Girl
  13. My Daddy Was a Rocknroller
  14. Don't Let the Truth Get to You
  15. When the War Came Home

Disc 2

  1. Bitter Beauty
  2. Blue Sky
  3. We All Lose One Another
  4. Hangover Days
  5. I'll Bring the Sun
  6. No Redemption Song
  7. Charlyn, Angel of Kensington
  8. Brother
  9. Long May You Love
  10. Love Is a Dirty Word
  11. Every Night

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jason Collett   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Mike O'Brien   Conga,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Hi String
Bryden Baird   Trumpet
Howie Beck   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Recorder,Bells,farfisa organ
Kevin Drew   Vocals,Background Vocals
Alex McMaster   Cello
Afie Jurvanen   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Taylor Knox   Drums,Background Vocals
Carlin Nicholson   Piano,Accordion,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,farfisa organ,Wurlitzer,Juice Harp
Neil Quin   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Guitar (Tenor)
Basia Bulat   Autoharp,Background Vocals
Danielle Duval   Background Vocals
Darcy Yates   Bass,Background Vocals
Amanda Penner   Viola
Jill Daley   Violin

Technical Credits

Howie Beck   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Joe Dunphy   Engineer
Robyn Kotyk   Layout
Stephen Koszler   Engineer
Petra Cuschieri   Layout
Murray Laufer   Cover Painting

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