The Poet’s Dead (Hidden Pony Records)
release date: 10/22/2012
by Scott Hefflon
“Now I just want a life/Full of art and a wife” states “Art and a Wife.” Regina, Saskatchewan singer/guitarist Marshall Burns also name-checks Crazy Horse, so yeah, kinda out of my usual shots’n’smokes rock’n’roll area. But I get it, the Jonathan Richmond honesty, the “sawing” guitar (by indie rock standards), and the knack for pop rock charm. Neil Young’s straining-for-that-note carries the weigh without the help of Erin Passmore’s too-tentative back-up. She’s got a voice, as “The Praire” displays, but her heart’s just not in it here.