Learning More & More... | review

Creighton is best known in these circles as drummer for Canada's Harem Scarem. He also contributes additional percussion and backing vocals to the perfectionist group.
But there is so much more to Creighton. Along with Harem's Harry and Pete, he is a well known and respected songwriter and artist producer, having worked with other Canadian artists such as John Boswell, Maureen Leeson and sister Melanie Doane.
Also unknown is the fact this is his second solo album, the first having been released in the late 90's.
On Learning More & More About Less & Less, Creighton handles lead vocals, drums, bass, guitars and keyboards. A number of guests help out during the record, but the majority of the album provided by the man himself. Guests include Pete Lesperance on bass and guitars, Harry Hess on backing vocals, with sister Melanie and Ray Coburn appears on piano.
The album is a very tidy package indeed and the production quality and mix is up to the usual high standards of the people involved.
Style wise, Creighton's album is an extension on the recent Harem Scarem / Rubber modern rock direction.
The production mirrors the punchy rhythm of Weight Of The World and Higher, and the songs are very much in a Rubber/Pete Lesperance solo/Harry Hess solo/Butch Walker kinda vibe, with a little psychedelic pop thrown in for good measure.

Harder rocking tracks like True Love Story and Give It Up also touch on the power pop/punk of Blink 182 and Simple Plan.
The other side of the coin is the Beatlesque balladry of Dummy and Unexplained, which is a style Harry also touched on with his Just Another Day album. Creighton's singing voice holds it's own and fits the music perfectly, but I would probably rate it behind Pete's.
The Bottom Line
There is a lot to like about this album, as it features some very catchy pop songs in a style all members of Harem Scarem have a strong bond with. This will appeal to those Harem fans with the widest tastes - those that take in modern rock and power pop. It has the closest links with Pete's solo album, but is certainly different again and stands on it's own as an individual piece of music.
If you own both Harry and Pete's solo albums, then this would be a comfortable and wise investment. I prefer the other two solo albums ahead of this, but that statement isn't intended to reflect upon this album, as it is finely crafted and preferences will come down to personal taste.

Review by Andrew McNeice
Originally posted at melodicrock.com