We're calling it here first: Nathan Wiley will win an East Coast Music Award for his new album, The City Destroyed Me. He may even win two or three, depending on how many Joel Plaskett and Sloan are nominated for. Wiley's latest is perfectly East Coast. It's part roots, part rock and part everything else, resulting in a pleasant, unassuming record that's sure to win over plenty of Canadians. And, really, there's no way anyone could dislike this disc. It's totally inoffensive, offering up a variety of sounds like Jay Ferguson-ish pop on the great One Of The Worst Ones and dirty blues on Sick Side. As likeable as the record is, some might be inclined to listen to it once, keep it around for a few weeks and then sell if for few dollars, since there's nothing incredibly moving here. Still, it's infectious and Canadian enough not only to get regular CBC play but maybe a Juno nod, too.
Nathan Wiley swings by Supermarket June 8.