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RON HAWKINS & THE DO GOOD ASSASSINS-GARDEN SONGS-“SETTING A NEW HIGH STANDARD”-BY JOHN EMMS

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On Garden Songs Ron Hawkins and his band The Do Good Assassins reach for an emotional depth and richness of song and nail it.

A song cycle of 10 tracks the album embodies life in any city or town with lyrics evoking images of lovers, losers, and personal circumstances.

The lead song Peace and Quiet is a love letter to the neighbourhoods of Toronto as potent as Jim Cuddy’s Skyscraper Soul.

Kingdom of The Sun reflects on “T-Rex on the radio, Sunlight dancing on the kitchen floor, and keeping your friends and family close”

A tour de force on any level it is one of Hawkins best songs of his entire career. And yes at Kingdom’s song coda “It’s Gonna Be Allright”

It should be said that both of these songs and a number of others on this cd have a very accessible radio appeal.

Most of the tracks are quiet or mid tempo with full band power at different points.

Hawkins reprises DFW from Ten Kinds Of Lonely with the gorgeous cello ambience of Alex McMaster, while Propellers and Garden Song lets the feel of the Do Good Assassins band, drummer Jesse Capon

multi-instrumentalist McMaster, guitarist Steve Sing, and bassist Derrick Brady take hold.

Elsewhere Small Victories, Waiting  On Something That’s Already Here, and South Ontario are potent reminders of Ron Hawkins’ writing gift.

Each song on this album creates it’s own movie.

That’s as good as it gets folks!

Album release date is this week Feb 3 2015

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, Sun Media contributor, radio host and singer-songwriter with Canadian Roots/Blues rockers THE SHAFTMEN

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/the-worlds-gone-crazy/id673101570

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