Jason Collett, Zeus, Bahamas | Schubas | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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On his latest solo album, Rat a Tat Tat (Arts & Crafts), Jason Collett continues to indulge his singer-songwriter side, something he has a hard time doing as a charter member of the indie-rock collective Broken Social Scene. The spirit of Bob Dylan weighs heavily on the proceedings, but Collett is a composer of more modest means. He sticks almost exclusively to tunes about busted or bandaged love—though he likes to write about boozy debauchery, he's got a romantic streak a mile wide—and his candid, confessional, almost poetic approach would've been right at home in the 70s, before diffidence and emotional distance became quite so common in rock. In song after song his narrators pine for love, or just for a hookup, but it's rarely very clear what might actually help them. In "Lake Superior" the protagonist means to drown himself ("There is nothing so near / As being left behind"), but the water's beauty inspires him to reconsider; "Love Is a Chain" describes a couple's mutually destructive dance ("We fight and then we fuck / And then we fight all over again / It never ends"). It's familiar turf, but between Collett's appealingly slack-jawed delivery, the catchiness of his dusky melodies, and the sharp, rugged performances of his backing band (a Toronto group that also plays on its own as Zeus) the songs have plenty of personality. —Peter Margasak

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