Wooden Wand (3 stars)


James and the Quiet (Institute)


Toning down from the eccentricities of his previous work, James Jackson Toth endeavoured to follow his muse and create something altogether different. Yet a style comparable to Devendra Banhart cannot be left unmentioned. Co-arranger and vocalist Jessica Toth, the secret weapon, emerges as the perfect foil to JJ Toth’s inimitable artistic voice. Together with Ranaldo (guitar, piano and vocals), Jessica wrote and fine-tuned the album’s exquisite harmony vocals and piano lines. JJ Toth, with more than a little help from his friends, has crafted a consistent and creative batch of songs that earns repeat listenings.

(Katherine Adam)

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