Change of Heart

Smile

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Every band needs a coming-of-age album, and this was Change of Heart's. After losing their previous drummer and bringing aboard a full-time keyboardist (Bernard Maiezza), Change of Heart brought in a who's who of the Canadian indie world to fill out the roster: Glenn Milchem, now in Blue Rodeo, held the sticks; Don Kerr of the Rheostatics provided vocals, as did cellist Anne Bourne of Jane Siberry's band; and John Borra guested this time out, but later joined the band full-time. Michael Phillip Wojewoda (Barenaked Ladies) returned as the band's producer, but this time the production worked with the music instead of throwing it into sharp focus. Many of the songs are over before they even have a chance to get going, deftly segueing into other tracks before the listener has time to get bored. A number of tracks are pure pop gems ("Smile," "There You Go," "Coma"), and most of the rest strike the perfect balance between rockin' and adventurous. Smile is certainly worth digging for.

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