Basia Bulat Heart Of My Own

Basia Bulat Heart Of My Own
Since the release of Basia Bulat's debut album, Oh My Darling, the folk pop songstress has been touring the world non-stop with her beloved Autoharp in tow. The road gave her time to reflect on her 2008 Polaris Prize shortlist nomination, to absorb her sudden leap into the indie spotlight and, of course, to write many of the absolutely spirited songs found on her sophomore effort, Heart Of My Own. In contrast to Oh My Darling, Heart Of My Own features songs that are slightly longer, more lyrically sophisticated and sonically rounded. The tunes are still as ebullient and carefree as Oh My Darling's little gems, like "In The Night" and "Before I Knew," except they've lost that girly feeling and gained a graceful wisdom. Bulat kicks off the album with "Go On," which serves as a perfect hook for the rest of the record. The vibe is uplifting and hopeful, yet a thread of steadfast caution ties it all together. Many of Bulat's songs profess romantic ideals, whether they're of home or of far-off places. "Gold Rush" is a rolling, thundering number inspired by the Yukon. Other songs play a little softer, like "Heart Of My Own." But the real winner is "Run," an inspiring song bound to be one of this decade's top singles. If Heart Of My Own is any indication, Bulat will soon be spending much more time on the road touring her best work yet. (Secret City)