Big Romance is indeed an album to fall in love with. It's the eighth album from rootsy Toronto songsmith Matthew Barber, and it will hopefully bring him the heightened recognition he has long deserved. Helping that cause is the production credit of Gary Louris, of Jayhawks fame, and the record emerges as the strongest work of Barber's career. He can shine equally on piano ballads like opening track "Hold Me," a protest song (the powerful "On The 505" recounts the police killing of Sammy Yatim), and dynamic mid-tempo tracks like "Dance Of The Honey Bee". Notable guests include Burke Carroll, sister Jill Barber, Michelle McAdorey (Crash Vegas), and James McKenty (who recorded and mixed it), but the focus remains Barber's warm and mellow voice and well-crafted songs. Barber has just begun an Ontario tour that includes a Toronto Dakota show on June 3. Go here for details.