A truly true original is off-beat Canadian singer, songwriter, vocalist, pianist and guitarist John Southworth. The thirtysomething performer lays his soul to bare, for all to see, on his seventh record, the sadly beautiful Human Cry. Long a denizen of the underground – for no real reason save for lack of people paying attention – Southworth has continually charmed with his left-of-centre interpretation of popular music, be it dusted with folk, electronic, pop, beats, the avant-garde or lite rock. On this one, John and his band keep it on the straight and narrow, the songs heavy with heartache, emotion and passion. Lovely.