Some Are Lakes
Author: Dan Barry
My top contender for album of the year is an angular, thundering, poetic masterpiece. Like fellow Canadienne Kathleen Edwards, Elizabeth Powell writes darkly humorous rock songs about love and loss. But where Edwards veers toward alt-country twang, Land of Talk invokes the discordance and post-punk urgency of grunge. "Corner Phone" could easily be at home on the 4AD label: The raw, frantic guitar lead sounds like a fine Belly vintage finally coming up out of the dungeon. But the band's fantastic mutability is the centerpiece here. The title song's vocals are warm and direct, a bold change of tack after burying them in chorus for the first three tracks. And the chorus of "It's OK" has echoes of — get this — Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me." The chord progression here houses a similarly grim lyric: "Maybe when I die, I get to be a car."