Hugh Dillon Works Well With Others
I'm interviewing Hugh Dillon, the former Headstones frontman and now successful actor, tomorrow. He has an album called Works Well With Others coming out on Oct. 13 through Warner Music Canada, and I've had a few listens this morning to become acquainted with it.
I like it. It's not the hard-edged rock of The Headstones, but it has more bite than the Hugh Dillon Redemption Choir's 2005 album, The High Cost Of Low Living.
Lead single/video "Friends Of Mine" opens the album and begins acoustically before picking up the pace and volume later on. The swampy "Ten Feet Tall" is the most traditionally rock and roll song on the disc and ends with a harmonica. "Surface Of The Sun" features piano and acoustic guitar, but it's far from a ballad. The keyboards in the first part of "Reel To Reel" had me thinking it was going to be a dance song. Luckily, it isn't. A section of "Lost At Sea" is vaguely Leonard Cohen-like.
There are no stinkers on here and I'll give it an 8/10 rating. Works Well With Others will also be going in my pile of CDs to consider for next year's Polaris Music Prize.
You can listen to the album now on Dillon's website.