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Basia Bulat

Basia Bulat

George Fok

Basia Bulat, Weather Station 

When: Fri., March 11, 10 p.m. 2016
Price: $15, $13 in advance
It was Basia Bulat’s gorgeous, mildly grainy voice that first caught my attention about eight years ago—I loved the way she fit it into her delicate folk-pop songs. Then with 2013’s Tall Tall Shadow she amped her sound and did away with most of her folk trappings, giving up instruments like the autoharp and banjo as she began shooting for a bigger, more explicitly pop sound. She goes further down that path on the new Good Advice (Secret City), which is produced with outsize gestures by Jim James of My Morning Jacket. She can easily project her voice to match the grand arrangements—in fact, it’s never sounded stronger, fuller, or more agile—but the songs themselves lack the quirky, rustic personality of her early work, instead relying on a predictable radio-ready aesthetic that features the bland R&B hooks of someone like Adele (who Bulat has the voice to imitate). Good Advice is a very well-constructed piece of work, but too often it feels like its craftsmanship trumps its heart.
— Peter Margasak



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