MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: COLLETTE SAVARD AND THE SAVANTS
A smooth jazz-folk sound is featured across this set from indie Toronto singer/songwriter Savard, a change from previous albums. Putting together a band of high quality vets including Rebecca Campbell (Jane Siberry), the album features a smart playing matched with introspective, thoughtful lyrics. The vibe is Steely Dan-meets-Christine McVie, emotion plus chops.
Savard's lyrics detail the end of a long-term relationship, and determination to move forward. "Give myself very good advice," she sings on "My Last Cigarette", and "I take a leap of faith." Meanwhile, the Savants live up to their name, Megan Worthy dropping in funky piano chords, while Tim Posgate drops in tasty guitar, whether it's an easy jazz feel ("Top Of The Trees") or the cool pop of "In Over My Head". This is what happens when the right band meets the right songs.