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Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case 

The Sun in Your Eyes (independent)

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Fresh off winning the CBC Searchlight competition for new acts, Newfoundlander Downey justifies the kudos on his second album. He sings like your buddy. The Ambiguous Case is a spirited, mostly acoustic band that may remind you of sunny 1970s folk-rock hits like "Sweet City Woman." Banjo and trumpet get along beautifully on "Outta Your Mind" and a violin solo creates its own space on "Honey For Bees." Well-read and disarming, Downey can get away with a line like "Isadora Duncan, don't you wish you were a pumpkin?" "Heart vs. Doubt" is autobiographical, philosophical and a breezy two-stepper all in one. There's wisdom behind that folksy exterior.

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