The citizens of Guelph believe you should buy your products from the local mom-and-pop shop and want Wal-Mart and its smiling happy faces to stay the fuck away. Rallying around this cause has resulted in this benefit album featuring great local talent, including James Gordon, House of Velvet and Tannis Slimmon, to name but a few. It's largely made up of acoustic folk ballads, but there's also a fair share of gospel and soul, making for an easy-going listen that doesn't ram the anti-corporate agenda down your throat. The band Well Charged offers up a nice reggae nugget that offsets things nicely while demonstrating just how diverse and talented the Royal City community is. If big box retailers don't bother you, the songs here are good enough to stand on their own.
The Not There benefit happens tonight (Thursday, July 14), at Guelph's Chalmers United Church.