As one-half of Broken Social Scene, Brendan Canning has been responsible for some of Toronto's more interesting atmospheric music, but Cookie Duster is his excuse to just have some fun for a change. The album is a grab bag of danceable sounds, fusing electronic with organic instrumentation, from the disco-style opening tracks to the more atmospheric dance numbers at the end, with a detour into King Cobb Steelie-style dub in the center. Chief conspirator this time out is ex-Change of Heart keyboardist Bernard Maiezza, but the two are joined throughout by other members of the Toronto music community, like Ian Blurton, Spookey Ruben, and the Mango Kid (of the hard-rockin' Danko Jones). Occasionally ventures close to cheesy territory, but ultimately it's more fun than not.
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AllMusic Review by Sean Carruthers