Jay Sparrow – In Our Time

Break Pattern

Initially generating notoriety as a part of vivacious Edmonton-based punk rockers Murder City Sparrows guitarist-singer Jay Sparrow has been carving a new niche over the past two years as a countrified folk singer-songwriter. Compelled to vacate the world of buzzing guitars and vein-popping vocals in order to embrace his deeper more passionate side recent efforts such as The Running and The Tempest Line have proven his decision wise at the very least.

With that his latest effort In Our Time finds this passerine minstrel finally garnering the fruits of his labours. Sublime and rich intricate and fragile yet minimalist In Our Time is as confident as it is refined. While “Run” pulls a little too strongly from Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” its rock-based full-band delivery is inspired. Moreover it offers a fresh dynamic to an otherwise stark (yet enjoyable) album blending barren emotion with intellectual lyrics and instinctual instrumentation unheard of since Hayden Desser was a fresh face on the scene. Simple yet effective In Our Time is a work worthy of personal pride.