Review: Good Advice by Basia Bulat

Good Advice by Basia BulatI wish I could say that there’s no massive shift in Basia Bulat’s new album, Good Advice, but the mere fact that her signature autoharp is nowhere to be found speaks a lot. This is what you might call the “pop” album, in the sense that it sounds a bit more aggressive and and bit louder, albeit still beautiful enough for the Canadian singer-songwriter’s voice to stand out. She tackles the same themes as her previous album, too, but with the help of My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, who serves as producer, the approach is different, and so is the effect. Only I don’t think it helped her in the long run. Sure, the opening bits are mesmerizing, along the lines of “this is new”, Basia trades one kind of beautiful for the other – and it happens to be the sort that moves to the background, risking being forgotten. I’ll say I prefer her previous work. At least she was front and center there. Here, not so. [NB]3/5

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