Jay Sparrow – In Our Time (Break Pattern Records)

At first listen, Toronto folk rocker Jay Sparrow could draw comparisons to both Jesse Malin and Jeff Buckley. Like those musicians, Sparrow seems to have the innate ability to get to the heart of the song without messing around. The nine tracks contained on In Our Time range from the heartbreaking (Rest Of My Days, The Light) to the confessional (Take Me Over) to even a little bit of fun (Mad & Dirty). No doubt you will be hearing more of Jay Sparrow in the days and weeks to come.