There's more to Canadian country than Neko Case (who's actually American). Carolyn Mark, who sounds eerily similar to Case and once played in a band with her, is one of the Great White North's brightest purveyors of twangy alt-country.
Her fifth record is, to put it simply, fun. You'll find yourself smiling, laughing and singing along to nearly every track here.
1 Thing is a rollicking line-dancing-approved track about love, while Pictures Of 5 is a simple acoustic number with more energy and enthusiasm than pretty much any new-country disc.
But the disc isn't just fun for her fans; it sounds like Mark is having a blast, too. Even slower songs like Point Of View are loose and casual; she sounds relaxed, as if she's sitting around a campfire with her friends.
Mark plays the Tranzac September 28.