Peter Elkas

Wall of Fire

by Jason MacNeil

2 April 2007

 

In the way that Elvis Costello has praised singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith, the Canadian tunesmith has lauded fellow Canadian musician Peter Elkas. This album, produced by Charlie Sexton, is proof positive that Elkas certainly has the goods. Soulful, but with sweet pop smarts, the album gets off the ground with the organic “Fall Apart Again”. “Will Power” is just as tender and original as Elkas wears his heart on his sleeve without going over-the-top with the lyrics. Fans of Sexsmith would lap up most of these songs, especially the roots-y “Sweet Nancy”, which is quite sweet indeed. Perhaps the first real nugget though is the title track that has a rougher, ragged feeling supporting Elkas’ sweet high notes. Even when he goes back to old-school soul he shines with the infectious “Something Beaming”, although the chorus is a hair safe. He redeems himself though with the sparse, Josh Ritter-esque “My Well Runs Deeper”.

Wall of Fire

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