The Beauties – S/T (Six Shooter / Warner Music Canada)

With the title of “Best Roots Band In Toronto” bestowed upon them, The Beauties certainly have a lot to live up to on their debut record. Luckily for them, they got the goods to live up to the hype but like The Skydiggers and Blue Rodeo before them, they are not strictly a roots band: they show their playful side on Tired Fired Blues, Fashion Blues and Devil Do  while they explore and more traditional “roots” sounding material such on Without You and Hearts Are Down.