The Lights Behind
This scribe has been a fan of prolific roots songsmith Shannon Lyon for nearly two decades now. He's long been better-appreciated in Europe than here, and he actually relocated across the Atlantic for a full decade. Back in 2003, he was the first Canadian artist to sign to V2 Records, joining the likes of The White Stripes and Paul Weller on the label. He's now back in Canada, and The Lights Behind is a great reintroduction to Lyon. Noted producer Rob Szabo handpicked the collection's songs from a hefty back catalogue, while four fine new songs are included. The quietly haunting and soul-baring "I Crossed The Ocean" is just one of many highlight tracks here.