Basia Bulat – Good Advice
The Canadian singer's fourth album is a subtle but distinct redefining of her angular pop aesthetic. Produced by Jim James of My Morning Jacket in his Kentucky studio, its Bulat's most soulful and engaging work to date. With, as you’d expect, increased emphasis on feel and groove, Good Advice emerges as the showcase her voice was surely waiting for all along.
That voice – a beautiful instrument, roughened and rangy – elevates these songs. From the crisp soul beats of In the Name Of to the haunting atmospherics of The Garden, Bulat performs with passion and authority. Ten songs and not a hint of filler. If the likes of Eleanor Friedberger and Joan as Policewoman have hooked you with their gift for advanced melodics and artful storytelling, here's an artist whose newfound ambition puts her in their league. Don’t let this one slip by: Bulat is suddenly, finally, a serious contender. [Gary Kaill]