Mon, Feb 24, 2014.
At album #3, but still just 19, Thomason has popped up her sound, with a bigger, bolder collection of ten tracks, steering her away from standard singer-songwriter fare. Working with producer John-Angus MacDonald of The Trews, there's big guitar over countless hooks, a pretty happy sound but with edgy, personal lyrics. Thomason says the songs are inspired by her teenage years growing up in Antigonish, and it's all hook-ups, hijinks and blooming sexuality, enough to make parents cringe and friends blush.
The album throws out the stereotype of East Coast songwriters, with its power-pop rave sound and Katy Perry joie de vivre. Rather than being introspective and acoustic, this just rocks. There's a confidence in the tight, sparkly numbers, but direct honesty that most confessional types try to obscure. Thomason's admissions and outlook will have you dropping your jaw at the same time you're bopping your head. "You'd be amazed at the things I've learned/If the Lord ever heard, I'd surely burn," she sings in Catholic Town, before she details them. It's also the most modern and current disc I've heard from one of our beloved Maritimers, with Top Ten potential all over it. This, along with the upcoming Meaghan Smith album, will rewrite the description of pop from the Atlantic.
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Bob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).