Bob Wiseman

Accidentally Acquired Beliefs

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Wiseman's latest album is also easily his most accessible. While not completely eliminating his quirky signatures, Bob has structured his offbeat tunes into songs that could almost be hit singles. From the bizarro cover of Neil Young's "Love Is A Rose" (left off the phenomenal Borrowed Tunes Canadian Young tribute album) to the gorgeous "Two" and the powerful "Could It Be Said", Wiseman continues addressing personal and political conundrums with his unique poetics, but with highly singable hooks. "Stay Untraceable" finds Bob moving into dancier territory, while the opener, "William", is a plaintive cry to a substance-abusing friend. Accidentally Acquired Beliefs continues Wiseman's remarkable development, proving him an artist capable of honing a style all his own into a forum through which he can reach a wider audience, without losing any of his individuality. It also finds Wiseman in for the long haul, a survivor standing tall amidst a world he details as it crumbles: "You don't understand my feet are in cement/You don't understand this life it ain't a life...It makes me sad to watch you sink/But a friend's a friend, don't you think...?" (from "William").