At 50, Steve Poltz has been in the music game for decades, yet there's an undeniable youthfulness to his newest album, which might finally make him a household name. (If you're a Jewel fan, perhaps you already know of him. Poltz co-wrote You Were Meant For Me on her debut, a song that rode the charts for over 14 months.)
Dreamhouse showcases the Halifax-born, San Diego-based singer/songwriter's melodic knack, ability to craft idiosyncratic yet classic-sounding tunes and guitar virtuosity. The dreamy title track perfectly balances all these things - upbeat melodies sung gorgeously overtop an intricate web of guitar plucking. Later, License Plate Eyes emits Traveling Wilburys breeziness.
Joel Plaskett as producer gives the album a bright polish and small sonic surprises at every turn. (Plaskett possibly also influenced Poltz's penchant for rhyming lyrics). Jenn Grant's elegant backup vocals glam up the album's first half.
Top track: Dreamhouse
Steve Poltz plays Betty's Café May 27.