Good Advice is the fourth studio album by Canadian singer/songwriter Basia Bulat. She recorded the album with the production and instrumental assistance of Jim James from My Morning Jacket. His influence is clear to see. Bulat is usually known for playing an autoharp, but here a more traditional guitar, bass, drums and keyboard set up is used. Jim James says that she is a unique talent.

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Good Advice by Basia Bulat
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8/10 Penrith Steve 25th May 2016

I think “Good Advice” is Basia Bulat’s best album. She is fairly consistent, and her style was evident on her first album “Oh My Darling” back in 2007. Here, however, she just seems to have an extra edge. The album was produced by Jim James from My Morning Jacket and I believe that this has had a really positive influence. His fingerprints are all over it. As for the songs, the two that stand out immediately are the cracking single “Infamous” and “Long Goodbye”.

Opener “La La Lie” sounds like The Concretes, but with the addition of rousing backing vocals on the chorus. “In The Name Of” is great too, Bulat sings her heart out and it also benefits from rousing backing vocals. Her voice is great and its strengths are demonstrated through an emotionally charged performance on “Time”. “Fool” is another standout. All in all, “Good Advice” is an impressive and confident album.

8/10 Penrith Steve Customer rating (no review), 25th May 2016


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