Boomkat Product Review:
Canadian songstress Basia Bulat follows up her 2007 debut full-length with a new collection, Heart Of My Own, which was largely written whilst on the road, between shows. Her first album (titled Oh, My Darling) won much acclaim in Bulat's homeland, earning her a prestigious Polaris Prize nomination, so perhaps unsurprisingly she's not set out to change the formula too much, returning to Montreal's Hotel2Tango studios with producer Howard Bilerman calling upon an arsenal of strings and myriad folksy acoustic instruments. Bulat uses her tools well however, and knows how best to frame the songs she's penned. There are certainly skeletal rustic pieces ('Sparrow' being an especially good example), but rather than wheel out a selection of stripped acoustic guitar numbers there's a fully realised ensemble sound to 'Sugar And Spice' and 'Heart Of My Own' that brings to mind Beth Orton's Comfort Of Strangers album. When the album shifts up a gear, as on the (sort of) riotous 'Gold Rush' or the waltzing stand-out cut 'Run', Bulat's material really comes into its own, benefitting from a more communal, collaborative sounding environment.