GEOFF BERNER We Shall Not Flag Or Fail, We Shall Go On To The End (Black Hen) Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
West Coast roots accordionist Berner had me hooked from his first track, built around a melody cribbed from a peace ballad I used to sing in Hebrew school. Strangely enough, it makes for damn fine pop. Berner's bizarre musical blend encompasses whiffs of klezmer, moments of punk and cabaret and raw Appalachia-ish twang-folk. He further ups the eclectic ante with track names like Porn Star Girlfriend and The Way That Girl Drinks Beer and guest spots by BC newgrass babes the Be Good Tanyas. Geoff Berner appears at the Cameron House March 28.