Reckon

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2012
  • Label: Arts & Crafts
  • UPC: 827590750029
  • Catalog Number: 752
  • Sales rank: 167,206

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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