Album: The Park Avenue Sobriety Test
After twenty years of music making mischief, Joel Plaskett never, ever lets you down, and seems to always find ways to get better. You can marvel at new sides to Plaskett's work, from the fingerpointing anger of “Captains of Industry,” where he takes on the one percent, ruining lives through trickle down greed, to the cover of Stephen Foster's “Hard Times,” a 160 year old protest song that shows times really haven't changed much at all.
Joel Plaskett returns with one of the most diverse and fan-pleasing albums of his career. Proving that he can be all things to everybody, the rock veteran offers up a wide mix of styles on Joel Plaskett and the Park Avenue Sobriety Test. It touches on his solo acoustic side, his guitar rock work with the Emergency, his happy-go-lucky rhyming talents, carefree memories of growing up in Nova Scotia, and a little bit of anger at the forces making life tougher these days. There are many moments that draw on previous classic Plaskett, from beloved albums such as Three and Ashtray Rock, right back to his Thrush Hermit days. And there are new sides to his sounds as well – Joel like you’ve never heard him.
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