BY ADAM RADWANSKIÂ Â April 01, 2009 21:04
If youâ€™ve seen Joel Plaskett live, you know heâ€™s one of the very few musicians who could get away with releasing a triple album. The furthest thing from an ego trip, listening to Three is like inviting the unfailingly earnest Plaskett, along with his guitarist father and a pair of female backup singers, into your living room to provide an eveningâ€™s entertainment. What you get in return is an unapologetically but never self-consciously Canadian reflection on life as a travelling musician, gliding seamlessly from rambling road tunes on the first disc, to achingly homesick ballads on the second, to a perfect marriage of both sensibilities as he returns to Nova Scotia on the third. By the time the epic 12-minute closer, â€œOn & On & On,â€ encapsulates all the themes, youâ€™ll find yourself feeling exhausted in the best possible way. This is the sound of Plaskett â€” whoâ€™s moved from playing half-empty bars after the breakup of Thrush Hermit to filling Massey Hall next month â€” taking the next step towards establishing himself as a national icon.