Highgate Road Highgate Road

Highgate Road Highgate Road
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Composed of pianist and songwriter Andrew Pollock, classically-trained pianist Mike Butler and vocalist Laura McAlpine, and backed by some top-notch studio musicians, the Toronto-based trio Highgate Road should, in theory, make interesting music. Unfortunately, the eight tracks on this self-titled debut sound too much like the get-me-the-hell-out-of-here combination of lounge music at an airport Holiday Inn or alternative church music with full-band accompaniment.

In fairness, the album might have an enviable audience among the Sunday morning crowd, and there's certainly no shortage of talent on display here, but it will take a leap of faith to consider Highgate Road a listenable and legitimate entry in any folk, rock or even country category. (Independent)