Michael Kabran's work has appeared in Washington City Paper, JazzTimes, Harp, The Gazette of Politics and Business, and NPR's Next Generation Radio. As a musician, he has performed with numerous jazz, classical, and pop groups, including the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic.
A stellar group of backing musicians, including members of R.E.M., Belle and Sebastian, Editors, and She & Him, isn't enough to overcome bland songwriting on this disappointing effort led by Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody.
Like fellow Montreal denizens Broken Social Scene, Land of Talk offer a mix of ambient post-punk, pop, folk, and electronica on their debut LP. Unlike its Canadian peers, however, this trio is led by a superbly talented lead singer.