The Fakeout, the Tease and the Breather, by Canasta
takes guts to kick off an album with a seven-minute track, but Canasta
rewards the listener who hangs in there. "Becoming You" unfolds with
patient pop majesty, recalling Belle & Sebastian or the Decemberists
as it evokes a warm spring morning shaking off the frost. Sometimes the
band's slow burn boils over in thrilling fashion, as in "I Don't Know
Where I Was Going with This," which gathers polyrhythmic keyboards,
violin and guitar arpeggios into a momentous baroque gallop.