Listeners looking for the AM-radio ear candy of "Baby, I Love You" or "Sugar, Sugar" will not find it on It's Decided, which mostly sticks to stately atmospheric ballads; even 1968's bouncy "Shoot 'Em Up, Baby" is reconfigured as a Spectorian dirge awash in strings and horns. The writing is sharp ("I call myself a tunesmith to people I don't know") and there are definite hallmarks of Drew's past work: rumbling drums, bubbling keyboards and textured production on "It's Emotional" or BSS outtake "Who Came First." Still, it's hard not to wish for a bit more variation in tempo or mood.
While the album is a fine showcase for Kim's beautiful, ageless tenor, those expecting more of the singer's soulful, sunny hits or Broken Social Scene's sonic adventurousness are likely to walk away a bit disappointed from It's Decided's classy, if a bit monochromatic, adult pop. (Arts & Crafts)