Jennifer Foster Speedyhead

In what must be a testimony to her talent and charm, Jennifer Foster has managed to recruit a whole slew of talented Canadian musicians to help her out with Speedyhead. Paul Myers, Moe Berg, Melanie Doane, James Gray, Blair Packham, and Sarah Slean all contribute in some fashion. While songs by adults about high school travails they can’t forget usually make me groan, “Ukelele Dropout” won me over big time with its hand-claps, high-end guitar break, and catchy-as-hell chorus. So too did the nursery rhyme-like “Charlie,” the classical pop of “Flesh and Bone,” and the subtly bossa nova “Brilliant Blue.” (Independent)