Nick Buzz

Circo

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"Bizarro" might actually be more like it. Nick Buzz is a supergroup of sorts, featuring Martin Tielli of Rheostatics on vocals, guitarist Rob Piltch (who has worked with both Holly Cole and Loreena McKennitt), Jon Goldsmith (who has played keyboards for Bruce Cockburn and Jane Siberry), and violinist Hugh Marsh, who has played with nearly everyone, but most notably Loreena McKennitt and Bruce Cockburn. Some of the tracks on Circo are jazzy little numbers that would fit comfortably beside classics like "Someday My Prince Will Come," while others head so far out into left field they would leave both Tom Waits and Kurt Weill scratching their heads. A cover version of Joni Mitchell's "River" somehow manages to combine both styles in the same song. It's impressive, but it's also a bit disorienting at times. Can be rewarding, but approach with caution.

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