Man of the Year
Mark Critch (This Hour Has 22 Minutes) praises Sean Panting’s lyricism: “There’s more story in two verses of a Panting song than there is in most libraries”. Paying attention to the words on Panting’s newest album allows for a more fulfilling listening experience. During the title track, close listeners realize that he calls himself “man of the year,” not as an egotistical star, but in an almost self-taunting fashion. Although some of the album’s tracks offer nothing new to the history of song, each of the ten tunes differs from one another and offers its own little gem. Panting’s raw voice is a highlight throughout and most passionate in “Labrador Motors” and “Panic Steers”. The record’s instrumentals are intriguing and transition between serene folk scenes to edgy rock blasts mixed in with unique alarm clock or deep sea exploratory sounds. Based on the merits of Man of the Year, Panting need not wait another six years to deliver his next.