Peter Elkas

Album Title: Wall of Fire
Release Date: 2007
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Genre: Rock
Peter Elkas is just so loveable. All it takes to form that opinion is a listen to "Sweet Nancy", a love song in which Elkas begs a girl to leave him. Turns out he's cheating on her, but he's just so sweet about it: "Though I could never be your man/there's someone out there who can/and I know you don't believe me/but I think it's time you leave me now". And the harmonica solo knows a lot more than it lets on.

On Wall of Fire, Elkas comes off as that shy dude who appears to be scared of his own shadow. The dreamy-eyed boy who is in love with love, and never means to hurt anyone. The nice guy who doesn't say much, but is, like, totally deep. And Elkas knows it (check "My Well Runs Deeper").

This is the Toronto-based singer's second solo effort, but he's been in music nearly forever (Elkas formed the Local Rabbits at 14-years-old, and played with them for more than a decade). Along with the help of producer Charlie Sexton (who has played guitar for everyone from Rufus Wainwright to Bob Dylan) and his band, the Elkaholics, Wall of Fire makes a brilliant showing of Elkas's years of music know-how.

Soulful vocals, bluesy guitar riffs, and lots of cymbal crashes and tambourine shakes pervade the 10-track record. All these hover around Elkas's unassuming lyrics, and sink into the multitude of grooves and folds, making the album dense and complete. To run a catchphrase into the ground: Justin Timberlake may be bringing sexy back, but it's Elkas who's bringing romance back.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt


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