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Jim Bryson & 
the Weakerthans 

The Falcon Lake Incident (Kelp)

Despite a double billing with one of Canada’s most darling indie bands, the wonderful Falcon Lake Incident is a Jim Bryson record through and through, with his signature wit, wisdom and melodic phrasing shining brightly above all. But after a few listens, the collaborations eke out, such as the few louder, rockier passages (notably “Up All Night”), which haven’t been as evident in his work since The Occasionals. After that the subtleties emerge. Tune into John K. Samson’s voice quietly taking on backing vocals throughout, his presence buoyant but gracefully subdued. While it is doubtful that audiences here will get to hear these two forces reproduce the album live, the songs will translate beautifully as a solo Bryson performance.
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