The comforting thing about the Blue Rodeo oeuvre -- and the output of the T.O. musical institution's core members -- is that it's kinda like Tim Hortons coffee. Occasionally, you get a slight curve ball, as with the horn-goosed Palace Of Gold disc (think of it as BR's flavoured ice cap), but generally you can count on certain familiar melodies and motifs to surface in their songs, soft and sturdy like faded denim. That rule applies to The Light That Guides You Home, Rodeo co-songwriter Jim Cuddy's first solo album in eight years. Co-producer Colin Cripps ensures that the disc retains the distinctive urban Canadiana roots vibe -- warm and weathered, but still rock-club-friendly -- he's brought to releases by Kathleen Edwards and Oh Susanna (both of whom guest here), while Cuddy effortlessly sails through a collection of tunes reminiscent of Five Days In July-era Blue Rodeo, moving between upbeat Head Over Heels numbers and panty-removing Try ballads. As soothing and enjoyable as all that may be, tracks like Married Again, a boozy honky-tonk piano duet with Edwards, and the caffeine-buzzed power pop of album-closer Stagger In, both of which break away from Cuddy's typical style, hint at the really exciting work he could produce if he challenged himself to mess with the formula.