None of this is surprising. Page was recently inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame with his former band, the Barenaked Ladies. He has always been a prolific writer of words and hooks, but on Discipline they’re delivered with such a clear-eyed confidence and purposeful vision that somehow it feels like an evolution, a breakthrough and a homecoming all at once. Page deploys existential heft, dystopian visions and savage humor like a many-headed hydra with sights trained squarely on himself – and by extension the question of what it means to be an artist at all in a time like this.
Discipline: Heal Thyself, Pt. II, is out September 14 via Fresh Baked Goods/Warner Music Canada. It was produced by Steven Page & Craig Northey, and mixed by John Fields, Vic Florencia & Dave Ogilvie.
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