This latest album from the Juno-nominated singer-songwriter from Toronto cements a place for him on the short list of great, country-inspired folk troubadours of today.

Ghost Notes is characterized in one word: simplicity. This is not to say the songs aren’t bursting with emotion, though. From the plaintive “Easily Bruised” to the upbeat piano-driven “I’m Gonna Settle My Accounts with You,” Barber’s soulful lyrics and soothing voice grab you by the heartstrings and won’t let go.

Grade: A



Ghost Notes is currently available.