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PopCan: A Refreshing Taste of Pure Canadian Pop

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This 1997 compilation features some of Canada's finest indie pop bands, from Vancouver to Halifax. Standouts include Noah's Arkweld's "Space Cowboy"-ish "Mornin," Shortfall's energetic and hard-edged "Drive," Shyne Factory's very '80s "Pop Song" and Cool Blue Halo's sweet "Too Much Kathleen." Other notable tracks were delivered by Crimson, the Nines, Universal Honey and By Divine Right. Several songs are fairly blatant rip-offs of other bands -- Admiral sounds like a wimpy Dinosaur Jr. and Sour Landslide, RIP, should have sent royalty checks to the Replacements -- but altogether, Popcan is an exemplary collection that showcases a just fraction of Canada's incredible indie pop scene.