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  • Summary: The first release in five years for the Canadian singer-songwriter features contributions from Matthew Barber, Jennifer Castle, Bazil Donovan, Michael Eckert, Drew Jurecka, Afie Jurvanen, Don Rooke, John Sheard, Joe Westerlund, and Ben Whitely.
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  1. Oct 31, 2018
    Starter Home is a mostly quiet album despite its many players.
  2. Dec 5, 2018
    Starter Home is country music for intellectuals, but he still hits those classic country tropes: longing in Waiting and alcohol as a cure for regret in Drinking With A Friend. His voice is velvety and smooth with texture, vital for a mature sound.
  3. Uncut
    Oct 31, 2018
    He's a poet of the everyday, finding outsized emotions within these life-sized tableaux. [Dec 2018, p.28]
  4. Mojo
    Oct 31, 2018
    These are exquisitely sad songs of spare belongings and reduced circumstance, about men who fail, and the women who stay with them. [Dec 2018, p.91]
  5. Oct 31, 2018
    He takes a minimalist approach to the nine songs on Starter Home, focusing mostly on acoustic guitar and his warm, slightly rumpled voice. There are adornments here and there from violin, keyboards and steel guitar, which add texture and atmosphere to songs that seem unassuming until you listen closely enough to hear just how devastating they are.

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