Halifax-based singer/songwriter Jenn Grant sounds a bit like she (or the label) is hoping she'll become the next Feist, which is the main thing preventing this album from being as good as it could have been.
The production is creative but unobtrusive. Unexpected textures pop up often enough to hold your interest without being novelties, and Grant's voice is strong, pliable and easy on the ears. Unfortunately, her exaggerated mannerisms don't quite come across as genuine, and too often she sounds like she's imitating the idiosyncrasies of more famous vocalists.
This isn't to say Echoes isn't an enjoyable album; it definitely is. We just wish Grant had a stronger sense of her own identity.
Top track: (I've Got) The Two Of You