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Idols of Exile [VINYL]

Jason Collett Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (3 April 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arts & Crafts
  • ASIN: B000EF7ZNG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,213,709 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These are the Hangover Days 14 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
Great solo album from this Broken Social Scene member - indie/alt-country/folkish with a Dylan/Springsteen influence occasionally... Reminds me of Ryan Adams and Wilco too. I'll Bring The Sun is an uplifting classic, also the album features guest vocals from BSS members Leslie Feist and Emily Haines. It's a fine album. And it's currently cheap - you can't lose!
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One of those rare albums that doesn't have a bad track. I'm addicted to the second track, Hangover Days, but think others will grow on me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ahhhh.... the sounds of summer! 12 July 2005
By ander - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If anyone has been looking for that one CD to blast in your car stereo with the top rolled down while you're cruisin down the highway... then look no further than this brilliant piece of work.

The music on this CD is absolutley fantastic. Fans of Broken Social Scene will be familiar with Jason's work but it takes on an almost countrified sound compared to what BSS usually does. He uses his bandmates to create the sounds of what should be on everyones summer playlist. I am also amazed at Jason's talent as a lyricist.... saying so much in so little words. Leslie Feist and Amy Millan (Stars) provide background vocals (along with other members of BSS) while Emily Haines (Metric) guests for a duet in the foot stompin' HANGOVER DAYS.

All the tracks on this CD are standouts but if I could only pick three, they would have to be FIRE, HANGOVER DAYS, and of course, WE ALL LOSE ONE ANOTHER.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a voice that would kill an army of angels 28 July 2005
By Andrew - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There is something so magical about Jason Colletts voice, his soft words are very enjoyable to listen to when relaxing in bed, driving, or getting high with a small group of friends. I highly suggest you get this cd if your fans of Elliott Smith, Stars, Sloan or any other band that sounds similar to the ones I listed.
hes just that amazing
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jason Collet of Broken Social Scene second album 31 Mar 2006
By Blake M. Sallie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Not to mention his involvement with Toronto's uprising indie rock scene, or being the guitarist for breakthrough Canadian band Broken Social Scene, singer/songwriter Jason Collet's seconds solo album Idol's of Exile exemplifies a brand of straightforward, observational lyricism overshadowing a laidback Americana ensemble. Collet's raspy croon shows hints of Tom Petty, especially showcased in the rousing chorus of "Pink Nights", a slow blues driven country ballad. Collet's songwriting stands out on its own with his unorthodox style, "I love it when my girlfriend calls me a cocking sucking faggot", not a line you would expect to hear in a folk song. Collet's polished roots-rock sound reaches a maximum with the uplifting, driven track "I'll Bring the Sun", and duet with Emily Haines on "Hungover Days". All together Idol's of Exile swells with exceptional songwriting and driven, yet simplified acoustic rock. Jason Collet makes a fine addition to the wave of smart and stylish singer/songwriters sweeping the nation, an indie rock spectacle unfolding before us.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Idols of Exile 10 Oct 2005
By endingstart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album. I first heard Jason Collett's older tracks (such as Blue Sky) but didn't really think it was anything really special. Lately I heard him open for Metric. His music was obviously different than Metric's and the crowd was a little impatient to see Metric hit the stage. But, I picked up his album afterwards and realized that it's really amazing. He has a great voice and this album has a great summer-y, light, happy feel to it. My favourite track is "Fire" and to make things even better Emily Haines (lead singer of Metric) sings in "Hangover Days" with him. His music is rock-country. But don't get me wrong. I don't like country music but it's just a great mix of acoustic guitars, great vocals, etc. Give it a listen!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Striking Summer Folk Rock Collection 18 Feb 2008
By Wade Tomlin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When I picked up Idols of Exile I actually didn't know who Jason Collett was. There was some number I had heard on the radio and I was determined to figure out who it was behind the jingle in my head. For reasons still unclear I wound up with Idols Of Exile in my hands. Three years later, I still have no clue what that 2005 song was, but I have gone to two Jason Collett concerts and just purchased his latest release.

What Idols of Exile showcases is a straight-forward folk-rock sound that Collett's laid back vocal charm prevents from becoming downer acoustic strumming. This is summer time morning music to cure a hangover to or enjoy a cottage weekend with. The songs clearly deal with issues personal to Collett but the jam-band feel of the music allows it to be a fun collection of jingles.

Nowhere does the back and forth balance appear more then on We All Lose One Another. While the song clearly deals with deep themes of loss, it is announced by a striking acoustic riff and anchored by as catchy a sing-along chorus as you're going to hear. It allows a potential downer acoustic track to be turned into a grandiose statement of life.

This balance allows Idols of Exile to be both fun and deep at the same time. It isn't light and frothy but it also isn't dark and dreary. As if a Bob Dylan fanatic is being kept an eye on by a Beatles fan. If you think such comparisons are too strong for an independent singer-songerwriter, remember, there's a reason why I know now who Jason Collett is.
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