Album review: Jr. Gone Wild, Simple Little Wish (1995)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MARCH 23, 1995

By Steve Newton

Jr. Gone Wild lead vocalist and main songwriter Mike McDonald continues to prove himself an underrated genius of the simple lyric and the snappy melody on the Alberta band’s latest release.

The disc’s 15 tracks run the gamut from traditional-sounding country and western to hummable honky-tonk pop to raging country thrash, and they’re all delivered with tongue-in-cheek aplomb.

Catchy as all hell, Simple Little Wish could be the most accessible Canadian country-rock album since Blue Rodeo’s Outskirts debut.

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