A couple days ago at the library, I did my usual thing of checking out a couple CDs from familiar artists, and then one at random: Chantal Kreviazuk’s “Colour Moving and Still.” I still haven’t popped in the Van Morrison or Joni Mitchell. I’m still listening to Chantal.

She’s somewhat heavily under the influence of Alanis Morissette for much of the album, but even in this second release she’s starting to break out on her own. You can especially hear that in this song, “Far Away,” particularly in the soaring chorus, which really shows off her fabulous voice.

The video itself … well, actually it isn’t that good, if only because it’s like a collision of indie / chanteuse / film school project / fashion model / road grrrl styles, and she never looks like she’s really tearing into the song (and just close your eyes and listen– she does tear into it). Still, I predict my daughter will sing this at the Peninsula rock concert next year, if she doesn’t opt for Sarah McLachlan’s “Worlds on Fire.”

(And what’s happening in Canada? Why do they turn out these amazing women singers? K. D. Lang, Tori Amos (I think), Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan, Kathleen Edwards, Feist, and Kreviazuk are all from Canada.)

Though so far as I know, she hasn’t been on Sesame Street yet. Advantage Feist.

[To the tune of Chantal Kreviazuk, “Souls,” from the album Colour Moving And Still (I give it 3 stars).]