When Joel Plaskett decided to take Halifax's Two Hours Traffic under his wing, he put his reputation on the line. And for two records his producer credentials were in doubt. The band underperformed, hashing out somewhat competent but mostly bland pop-rock.
Little Jabs, the foursome's third disc, finally transcends the mediocrity that plagued their past releases. It's filled with fantastic, folky pop-rock numbers that sound enough like Plaskett's own material to impress Emergency fans but are still original enough to avoid copycat calls.
The rollicking Stuck For The Summer is easily the album's best track, but pretty much everything here is worth a listen. If Two Hours Traffic continue to write solid material like this, Plaskett might be able to quit his day job.
Two Hours Traffic play the Horseshoe Tuesday (July 24).