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Singer/songwriter Nathan Wiley made inroads with his debut album, Bottom Dollar, that showed his strong songwriting talents and ear for melodies. Now, with the help of producer and Los Lobos member Steve Berlin, this record fleshes those ideas out for a far fuller, pleasing listening experience. Whether you're listening to the opening "One of the Worst Ones," which features some George Harrison-like guitar licks, or the ensuing sullen but solid title track, you realize that Wiley has definitely matured with this record, leaving nothing to chance but not sacrificing any sort of organic feeling for a glossy, over-produced result. The Waits-like hue on some songs, such as "Sick Side," makes for an even finer album, but even that track seems to falter a bit when compared with the stellar, shuffling, and quirky "Seven Reasons," in the vein of fellow Canadians like Danny Michel and Mark Bragg. Perhaps the dark horse on the record is the sweet lullaby "Back to Bed," on which Wiley shines from start to finish. However, "Wouldn't You" might be considered to be the performer biting off a bit more than he can musically chew, but he manages to pull it off. Meanwhile, the ominous "One Bad Woman" works because Wiley does just enough to push the swinging, jazzy Beautiful South-like song smoothly along. The highlight, though, might be the pretty, midtempo "Graveyard," which could have been swiped from Ron Sexsmith's back pocket, while a close second is the laid-back and relaxing "Getaway," which sounds a bit like Tom Brosseau. Even the songs that should be throwaways, like "Fistful of Throttle," have a definite punch.
Performance CreditsNathan Wiley Primary Artist,Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Glockenspiel,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Kazoo,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Tambourine,Ukulele,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Mellotron,Vibes,farfisa organ,Loops,Shaker,Lap Steel Guitar
Morgan Davis Guitar,Background Vocals
Lillo Thomas Background Vocals
Steve Berlin Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Baritone Saxophone,Clavinet,Tamboura,Hand Clapping,Mellotron
Finn Manniche Cello
Brian Bourne Bass Guitar,Hand Clapping,Chapman Stick
Rob Crowell Electric Piano,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Dale DesRoches Percussion,Drums
Alanna Stuart Background Vocals
Geoff Arsenault Percussion,Drums,Hand Clapping
Technical CreditsSteve Berlin Producer
Nathan Wiley Composer,Engineer,Artwork
Dale DesRoches Engineer
Mike Cashin Engineer
Darren Van Niekerk Engineer