JOEL PLASKETT EMERGENCY Truthfully, Truthfully (MapleMusic) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
Don't believe the slacker drawl that runs through Joel Plaskett's Truthfully, Truthfully disc; the Halifax singer/songwriter knows exactly what he's doing. Plaskett himself would probably admit to some pretty artful and deliberate thieving here, but there's a method and a real purpose to his stealing. Sure, Work Out Fine sounds like the Clash, Extraordinary is Cheap Trick reheated, and until all hell breaks loose, Come On Teacher shimmies like CCR. Plaskett is swift enough, though, to put the literally dozens of different sounds at work here together in an interesting and original way while the rest of the Explosion works up a Hurricane Juan-sized rumble behind him. Keep it up and a Sam Roberts-style bust-out could be in the cards. Start working on those beards now, boys.