Cabbage, the second record released by Winnipeg songwriting collective Jackpine, definitely has something for everyone. Comprised of Jaxon Haldane of the D Rangers, Sean Buchanan from the Western States, Adrien Sala and Jesse Reimer, this vibrant ensemble produces music as varied as the individuals it’s sure to engage. If an ear, or both, is lent in attention when this disc spins and begins to beckon, the listener will find playfully titled songs, historically-themed ballads, humorous ditties, ragged refrains and conversational interludes and just genuine music for the sake of music itself. It seems to me Jackpine has succeeded in being more than simply the sum of its already considerable parts.

Published in Volume 65, Number 2 of The Uniter (September 9, 2010)

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