Great Lake SwimmersNew Wild Everywhere     6/10

IT TOOK the melodic Canadians three albums to perfect their moody folk-rock (Ongiara) and another (Lost Channels) to realize their vein was mined. Loyal fans of Tony Dekker’s restrained arrangements, singing and Earth-loving lyrics might first recoil at the fuller, punchier sound, but will still find lots of songs about cliffs and crevasses. And as departures go, it is still, well, restrained.

The more challenging writing and robust delivery is still belied at times by Dekker’s conservatism; too many songs sound the same. But it is welcome growth and hopefully will give him confidence to really take some chances next time.

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