Strange Path (True North)
Strange Path is the followup to Stagger’s “creative re-emergence”—the excellent album Love Versus. If Love Verus was an awakening, Strange Path is like a vibrant sunrise. Another showcase of terrific songwriting with, perhaps, something like self-acceptance and optimism coming through.
The album runs the gamut, from the synth-driven, rock anthem of Strange Attractor to the Americana, acoustic sounds of Hey Hey! (For Gord) to the all-out rocker of a conversation between Jesus and Buddha.
Yet, with Stagger wearing the producer hat and drummer Pete Thomas once again providing the backbone drum beats, the album feels very cohesive and we are easily led along with him.
Tackling big topics such as death, Mother Earth, and redemption, while also managing to pay homage to Leonard Cohen, The Hip, and The Clash, Strange Path already feels like a Canadian classic and continues to show why Stagger is considered one of Canada’s best singer/songwriters.