December 4, 2015
By CBC Music
The Park Avenue Sobriety Test, a.k.a. “The P.A.S.T.,” wasn’t Joel Plaskett’s top-selling record, nor was it his most critically acclaimed, but if you want to hear Plaskett in a reflective comfort zone, listen to this album. The music rolls out easily, as if Plaskett has nothing left to prove, and really nothing to lose. He lets it all hang out here in a loose, fun, East Coast kitchen party of a record, surrounded by musical friends from the past 20 years. The title track is (almost) worth the price of admission alone, a classic Plaskett sing-along about a particularly treacherous corner in his adopted hometown of Dartmouth. Let us all raise a glass to “The P.A.S.T.”! — GL
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