Meaghan Smith – The Cricket’s Orchestra (Warner Music Canada)

With her debut full-length record due in stores on February 9, Halifax resident Meaghan Smith quite capably proves why she could be the next great female talent to emerge from Atlantic Canada.

With a swing/jazz vibe circa 1940-1950 running through the bulk of these tracks, Smith’s voice compliments the choice of musical direction. Like Jill Barber before her, Smith makes a retro-inspired album work in today’s world, lending a modern twist to tracks like A Little Love. Smith should watch out though: suitors are bound to be knocking at her door based on the sweet nature which she lends to songs like Drifted Apart, I Know and the seductive-sounding Soft Touch.