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Idols Of Exile

Jason Collett Audio CD
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Broken Social Scene guitarist Jason Collett would sound altogether like a cross-hatch between Jayhawks Gary Louris and Marc Olsen here if it weren't for his BSS education in altered musical settings. He twirls up a fantastic alt country set of tunes, even without his stacked deck of bandmembers. There are contingents from Stars, Metric, and Do Make Say Think here, and Collett still sounds nothing like any of those bands. The ensemble is beautifully paced, slow and deliberate, best heard on "Parry Sound," where they wheeze and drift as if knowingly aimless. They float throughout Collett's solo set through curtains of suggestion provided by hinted rhythms, gauzy guitar, and dustblown ride cymbals. Psychedlia serves them well, with warpy results, nearly all acoustic, that never jump the folksy train completely. It's a gently delirious mix, and for his part, Collett has a vocal delivery that pinches out the words, giving phrases a depth of feeling that's sometimes lost amid BSS's abstract excursions. Even so, you have to love the Cure-style riff on "I'll Bring the Sun," a blissy bit that rides through the brain effortlessly. It should be a summer gem for any season. --Andrew Bartlett

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Idols of Exile marks a powerful move forward for Collett; a summary of his time spent juggling a burgeoning solo career and a family, all the while honing his song craft touring the world with Broken Social Scene. The album features performances from many of Jason's closest friends; including most of the Broken Social Scene (Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning, Justin Peroff) and extended Broken Social Scene; Metric's Emily Haines and James Shaw; Stars' Amy Millan and Evan Cranley; Apostle Of Hustle's Andrew Whiteman and Julian Brown; Do Make Say Think's Charles Spearin; and Feist. EMI. 2006.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another solid release from THE collective... Nov. 22 2005
By ander
Format:Audio CD
All you need is a glimpse... well at least one listen and you'll be hooked. Staring at the sun will only make you blind but a fiery glimpse is all you need sometimes. Nod to Stars maybe????
The music on this CD is absolutley fantastic. Fans of Broken Social Scene will be familiar with Jason's work but it takes on an almost countrified sound compared to what BSS usually does. He uses his bandmates to create the sounds of what should be on everyones playlist. I am also amazed at Jason's talent as a lyricist.... saying so much in so little words. Leslie Feist and Amy Millan (Stars) provide background vocals (along with other members of BSS) while Emily Haines (Metric) guests for a duet in the foot stompin' HANGOVER DAYS.
All the tracks on this CD are standouts but if I could only pick three, they would have to be FIRE, HANGOVER DAYS, and of course, WE ALL LOSE ONE ANOTHER.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a voice that would kill an army of angels July 27 2005
By Andrew
Format:Audio CD
There is something so magical about Jason Colletts voice, his soft words are very enjoyable to listen to when relaxing in bed, driving, or getting high with a small group of friends. I highly suggest you get this cd if your fans of Elliott Smith, Stars, Sloan or any other band that sounds similar to the ones I listed.
hes just that amazing
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahhhh.... the sounds of summer! July 11 2005
By ander - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If anyone has been looking for that one CD to blast in your car stereo with the top rolled down while you're cruisin down the highway... then look no further than this brilliant piece of work.

The music on this CD is absolutley fantastic. Fans of Broken Social Scene will be familiar with Jason's work but it takes on an almost countrified sound compared to what BSS usually does. He uses his bandmates to create the sounds of what should be on everyones summer playlist. I am also amazed at Jason's talent as a lyricist.... saying so much in so little words. Leslie Feist and Amy Millan (Stars) provide background vocals (along with other members of BSS) while Emily Haines (Metric) guests for a duet in the foot stompin' HANGOVER DAYS.

All the tracks on this CD are standouts but if I could only pick three, they would have to be FIRE, HANGOVER DAYS, and of course, WE ALL LOSE ONE ANOTHER.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a voice that would kill an army of angels July 27 2005
By Andrew - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There is something so magical about Jason Colletts voice, his soft words are very enjoyable to listen to when relaxing in bed, driving, or getting high with a small group of friends. I highly suggest you get this cd if your fans of Elliott Smith, Stars, Sloan or any other band that sounds similar to the ones I listed.
hes just that amazing
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jason Collet of Broken Social Scene second album March 31 2006
By Blake M. Sallie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Not to mention his involvement with Toronto's uprising indie rock scene, or being the guitarist for breakthrough Canadian band Broken Social Scene, singer/songwriter Jason Collet's seconds solo album Idol's of Exile exemplifies a brand of straightforward, observational lyricism overshadowing a laidback Americana ensemble. Collet's raspy croon shows hints of Tom Petty, especially showcased in the rousing chorus of "Pink Nights", a slow blues driven country ballad. Collet's songwriting stands out on its own with his unorthodox style, "I love it when my girlfriend calls me a cocking sucking faggot", not a line you would expect to hear in a folk song. Collet's polished roots-rock sound reaches a maximum with the uplifting, driven track "I'll Bring the Sun", and duet with Emily Haines on "Hungover Days". All together Idol's of Exile swells with exceptional songwriting and driven, yet simplified acoustic rock. Jason Collet makes a fine addition to the wave of smart and stylish singer/songwriters sweeping the nation, an indie rock spectacle unfolding before us.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Idols of Exile Oct. 10 2005
By endingstart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album. I first heard Jason Collett's older tracks (such as Blue Sky) but didn't really think it was anything really special. Lately I heard him open for Metric. His music was obviously different than Metric's and the crowd was a little impatient to see Metric hit the stage. But, I picked up his album afterwards and realized that it's really amazing. He has a great voice and this album has a great summer-y, light, happy feel to it. My favourite track is "Fire" and to make things even better Emily Haines (lead singer of Metric) sings in "Hangover Days" with him. His music is rock-country. But don't get me wrong. I don't like country music but it's just a great mix of acoustic guitars, great vocals, etc. Give it a listen!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Striking Summer Folk Rock Collection Feb. 18 2008
By Wade Tomlin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When I picked up Idols of Exile I actually didn't know who Jason Collett was. There was some number I had heard on the radio and I was determined to figure out who it was behind the jingle in my head. For reasons still unclear I wound up with Idols Of Exile in my hands. Three years later, I still have no clue what that 2005 song was, but I have gone to two Jason Collett concerts and just purchased his latest release.

What Idols of Exile showcases is a straight-forward folk-rock sound that Collett's laid back vocal charm prevents from becoming downer acoustic strumming. This is summer time morning music to cure a hangover to or enjoy a cottage weekend with. The songs clearly deal with issues personal to Collett but the jam-band feel of the music allows it to be a fun collection of jingles.

Nowhere does the back and forth balance appear more then on We All Lose One Another. While the song clearly deals with deep themes of loss, it is announced by a striking acoustic riff and anchored by as catchy a sing-along chorus as you're going to hear. It allows a potential downer acoustic track to be turned into a grandiose statement of life.

This balance allows Idols of Exile to be both fun and deep at the same time. It isn't light and frothy but it also isn't dark and dreary. As if a Bob Dylan fanatic is being kept an eye on by a Beatles fan. If you think such comparisons are too strong for an independent singer-songerwriter, remember, there's a reason why I know now who Jason Collett is.
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