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Amer Diab
The Year of the Apology (Amer Diab)

By: Alex Steininger

Accompanied by Broken Social Scene's Brendan Canning (bass, organ) and Andrew Whiteman (lead guitar, tres. organ), and rounded out by organ/trumpet player Michael Johnson and drummer Dean Stone. Canadian indie rocker Amer Diab's debut, The Year of the Apology, is a splendid record that showcases the up-and-coming singer-songwriter's the ability to write loose, jangle-y songs that downplay the melodies while getting you to sing along nonetheless.

The Year of the Apology is a smart, bouncy-at-times, melancholy during other times, collection of indie-rock, slightly singer-songwriter, folk-inspired songs. They're rough around the edges, but mature like coal into a diamond, sounding out of place as pieces, but complete when listened to in the entire album format - from start to finish.

Diab has nothing to worry about. With good friends keeping him in good company, and a knack for crafting his own gems, he understands the world of indie rock, and embraces it, without fully submerging himself in the sound. Which allows his other influences to breath, while his timid, airy songwriting approach lets the emotions bubble to the surface while you soak up the warm, vibrant songs he creates. I'll give it a B.

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