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Errol's Pick

Our music columnist says "Namedropper", the new record by Toronto singer Oh Susanna, qualifies as one of the most Canadian records he's heard this year. It's a solid collection of country pop songs written specifically for her by 14 of Canada's finest songwriters. That A-list includes Joel Plaskett, Ron Sexsmith, Melissa McClelland and Jim Cuddy. If you haven't heard of Oh Susanna you might think she's trying to impress you by boasting about the company she keeps. But nothing could be further from the truth. When you're blessed with such a rich voice and the ability to inhabit the characters in your songs, you don't need gimmicks. Oh Susanna says she didn't know what to expect from each of the songwriters, but I think it's a testament to her skill that "Namedropper" doesn't sound like a random collection of songs or like a greatest hits collection that lacks cohesiveness. @ErrolNazareth

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