There has always been a strong argument for similarities in songwriting and delivery between Jason Collett and Bob Dylan. I say if that is so, then Here’s to Being Here is the best the two have ever sounded.
Collett is a member of the cooperative known as the Broken Social Scene. Straying further away from the collective sound, Collett’s release is a joyous marriage of old
“Out of Time” is another of the album’s choice cuts. Simplistic rock-and-roll escorts you along until you run headstrong into the massive hook of the bridge. Revved up guitar gives way to synthesized keys and a snappy drum beat, before settling back into its’ subtle shell. The groovy “Charlyn, Angel of Kinsington” leans heavily on a funky bass line and a percussive undertone.
When Collett plays the harmonica, the similarities between him and the masterful Dylan become very apparent. “No Redemption Song” would make any Dylan fan crack a smile.
Here’s To Being Here easily makes for one of the year’s best releases to date. Notable its desire to be played from beginning to end and maybe even repeated a time or two before rendering the controls to something new.
Here’s to Being Here is out now on Arts & Crafts.