Mint Records have had a roughly 25-year tradition of putting out extremely charming female-fronted indie. Faith Healer, the solo project of Jessica Jalbert (who has joined forces with Renny Wilson for this album) are another example of this fine tradition.
Over eleven tracks Faith Healer do their absolute best 70’s singer-songwriter rock impression, sounding eerily like The Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane” on opener “Acid” (a good thing), Paul McCartney and Wings’ “Band On The Run” on “Again” (also a good thing), and like a combination of the decidedly-not- 70’s singer-songwriter groups Grizzly Bear and Deerhunter on “Angel Eyes” (a very good thing).
If you’ve paid attention to most of the other acts that have been on Mint Records, you’ll have a fairly good idea of what this record sounds like. Faith Healer have a good handle on what makes a catchy melody, have a singer with a fantastic voice, and the production on Cosmic Troubles is brighter and punchier than any of the albums they draw inspiration from.
- Topher Duguay
Published in Volume 70, Number 4 of The Uniter (October 1, 2015)