For a while it looked like Canadian indie rockers In-Flight Safety had called it a day musically, but following a period of working apart guitaristvocalist John Mullane and drummer Glen Nicholson reunited to produce this, their third album and it’s been well worth the wait. It’s actually been five years since We Are An Empire My Dear was released and, although they’ve done well enough in the past, Conversationalist offers a lighter and more uplifting listening experience. Plenty of guitar-led songs, full of melody and hooks but with a delightful air of freshness that stays throughout the album in spite of the slightly darker opening track Before instrumental, and in the way that much of it starts with a ‘head’ then wanders off into improvised sections from both Eric and Mike, it falls more into jazz than rock, but then Eric likes doing that anyway. Perhaps the best thing about the experience is that you find yourself smiling pretty much from start to finish. Teaming up with drummer Anton Fig and Johnson’s bassist, Chris Maresh plus a few special guests on vocals and brass this is a slick and musical production throughout, with beautiful mood swings, surprise elements and lush melodies. The blues-rock element does get a look-in on the final track which offers a delightful and fresh approach to the Hendrix classic, Red House. It’s both great fun and musically delightful - we like this a lot!