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Julie Doiron, Night Owl Choir, A Lull Critic's Choice Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Wed., June 3, 9:30 p.m. 2009

There’s a first time for everything, even a Julie Doiron record that isn’t entirely melancholy. The recent I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day (Jagjaguwar), the Canadian singer-songwriter’s eighth full-length, has been hailed as her first happy album, but “happy” isn’t quite right. What I hear isn’t so much jubilation as it is perhaps the sound of love ripening, a heart opening to the heaven of gratitude, the lifting of a certain sadness—one which, as a longtime fan, I’ve been plenty content to hear album after album of, since she’s not bleak or maudlin about it but rather plumbs everyday mournfulness expertly and astutely, her voice plain and strong. Doiron’s new outlook is hardly Up With People, but she does get downright peppy at times—“I sure am glad to be alive,” she sings on “Glad to Be Alive.” I Can Wonder makes a sweet addition to what’s proving to be quite a hot streak for her. The Night Owl Choir and A Lull open. —Jessica Hopper

Price: $8

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