SAM ROBERTS The Inhuman Tradition (Secret Weapon) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
Montreal singer/songwriter Sam Roberts doesn't mess around. The six songs on The Inhuman Tradition EP seem written and engineered for immediate effect, with no wasted notes. Featuring Roberts on all instruments plus percussion, with production by Courtney Love collaborator Jordan Zadorozny, the tunes have snappy hooks and smartass lyrics. Don't Walk Away Eileen and This Is How I Live dispense with time-wasting introductions and get straight to the heart of the matter, placing the emphasis forcefully on layered, disturbingly hummable pop songs that pack more into their simple structures than meets the ear. Pay close attention. Roberts hits the Rivoli Friday (March 29).