Luke Doucet – Steel City Trawler (Six Shooter / Warner Music Canada)

Produced by Sloan’s Andrew Scott, the newest record from the great Luke Doucet starts off on a decidedly poppier note than his 2008 effort Blood’s Too Rich. As you get a few songs deeper into the record though, his Neil Young-influenced tendencies start to rear their head on tracks like You Gotta Get It. Straight ahead rock does seem to be the dominant order of the day however with excellent tracks like Monkey, Love & A Steady Hand and Thinking People.