Deleted Scenes – Lithium Burn

(Park the Van/Nevado)

DELETED SCENES play the Drake on Friday (May 16). See listing. Rating: NNN

Washington, DC-originating art rockers Deleted Scenes are onto their third album but just about broke up right before making it. Instead, they reinvented themselves, adding free jazz drummer Ricardo Lagomasino and getting most members to contribute songs. Guitarist/singer Daniel Scheuerman is still front and centre, his sensitive-soul lyrics and gentle vocals set against an array of styles.

When he sticks with politically minded singer/songwriter material à la the Weakerthans’ John Samson, he hits the ball right out of the park. See thoughtfully textured, expansive fare like the gorgeous Landfall, the Occupy Movement-inspired You Get To Say Whatever You Want and the R.E.M.-esque Seasons Of The Wire.

But while angular, skittering tracks like Stutter and album opener Haircuts/Uniforms add post-punk energy and experimental variety to the album, they also kill the mood.

Top track: Landfall

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