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Jon-Rae Fletcher 

Oh, Maria (weewerk)

Toronto-based Fletcher has a smaller combo behind him than when he was Jon-Rae & The River. The spiritual foundation still resonates, with an angel and a demon whispering in each ear in the face of dark impulses. The BC preacher's son has a reputation for rocking like an evangelist while straddling this divide. "The Story" packs the dreary country-versus-evil-city debate into a crisp 70-second number. Kathryn Calder (Immaculate Machine)'s parlour piano and Denver Rawson's amiable trombone fill out the sound. The sincere horniness of the River songs have given way to moral quandaries, with enough quiet for revelation.


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