Cha Cha Cha

As the title implies, Cha Cha Cha recreates vintage sounds like classic gospel and retro rock ’n’ roll. Eaglesmith usually plays the irrepressible troubadour, but here his wry observations and critical commentary are tempered by the album’s romantic allure. Throughout these 10 tracks, Eaglesmith segues smoothly from the gypsy sway of “Careless” and the bottleneck shuffle of “Car” to the cool tango of “Gone Too Long” and the shimmering caress of “Silhouettes.” Cha Cha Cha finds the Canadian singer making heavy use of vibrato, emoting with a parched voice that’s more croak than croon. It echoes Tom Waits and Willy DeVille, while injecting ominous overtones into this otherwise friendly encounter.

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