Brent Randall and His Pinecones Quite Precisely Brent Randall and His Pinecones

It’s safe to say there isn’t anything quite like this in Canadian music right now. With his enthusiasm for the overwrought gesture, Mr. Randall and his Halifax entourage make musical theatre for the indie set. The result is a weird distillation of the Ben Kweller, the Bee Gees and ELO, including full choir arrangements. A fondness for over-the-top is prerequisite here, though occasionally our Mr. Randall lets it get away from him. If the album suffers from anything, it is his tendency to pile it all on, every single time. The last several songs point the album in a more promising direction and opens up new terrain for the backing Pinecones. A solid effort on a debut that quite precisely introduces an original voice. (Independent)