New Releases: 19 February 2016

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Montreal pop-punk group Simple Plan, active since 1999, has released its fifth studio album, Taking One For the Team which immediately topped the iTunes albums chart. The JUNO winning band has scored multiplatinum certification in both the albums and singles departments. Also winning a JUNO is Hamilton hard rock band Monster Truck whose fine players launch anticipated LP Sittin’ Heavy.

Two JUNO nominees also contribute new albums to the pool this week. Platinum recording artist Laurence Jalbert, originally from the Gaspe region fills disc Ma route with heartland music while Nova Scotian eletrorap outfit Radio Radio attempts to Light Up the Sky.

Those who like singer-songwriter tunes should be impressed with Somewhere We Will Find Our Place from Ottawa’s Jim Bryson.

Four alternative albums are also out, all quite different. Franco outfit Bodh’aktan mixes rock with Celtic sounds in the self-titled work. Demain est une autre nuit from Montreal’s Essaie Pas is an electronic effort. Javelin from Vancouver’s Jordan Klassen is described by him as new age-folk. Synth pop lovers will be delighted with Armour from Calgary’s Rae Spoon.