Song And Dance Man
There’s something so damn natural about Jason Collett’s breezy, back-porch brand of folk-pop. From the opening blue-sky sway of Provincial Blues, with its understated guitar noodling, he sets in motion a head-nodding that fills the record. There’s no risk of pretentiousness here – even the deepest moments have a good-time atmosphere – but it takes a deft hand to pull off a track called Love You Babe without cheesiness or overwrought sentimentality. Instead, it’s a catchy, ramshackle strum that conjures the same vibes the Band did with tunes like Rag Mama Rag. Sometimes music’s most important job is just to make you feel good.
Song And Dance Man is filled with feel-good moments. Forever Young Is Getting Old has a whistle solo that owns real estate in your head after its first notes, and even the title track’s rumination on navigating the changing music industry landscape is powered by relentlessly funky bass slink. Some tunes are sleepy enough to skip (Long Day’s Shadow), but most stand out as individual pieces of a very cohesive whole. Staring At The Sun ends things laid-back but heavy-hearted, with dense, bluesy guitar and piano carrying Collett’s wistful vocals.
Top track: Staring At The Sun
Jason Collett plays the Mod Club Wednesday (March 9) and Field Trip on June 5. See listing.