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Globe and Mail Review

Globe and MailAward Winning Album
The DoneFors (Independent)
3 stars

This cheekily-titled disc plays like two dissimilar EPs stuck together. The first half has a jazz feeling, in its rhythms, chord choices and metrical manoeuvres (Bob and Stan takes off in a jumpy 10/8). Cherry Season feels like a new cool jazz standard waiting for solos to be attached, with literate lyrics and a clear, unblinking, slightly mysterious sound from singer Janine Stoll (her partners in this Toronto band are guitarist/vocalist Paul MacDougall, bassist/keyboardist Liam Smith and drummer Brian Lahaie). The nimble beats and bone-dry rhythm guitar in Shot at You gives the tune an Afrojazz flavour, and Tallboy is about as urbane as a pop song can be. Wolf Sounds pivots on a blaze of rock guitar in the chorus, and then the album turns toward a more square and predictable form of folk-oriented indie pop. I’ll be playing the first half of this album a lot; the second half not so much.

– Robert Everett-Green