The term 'super group' is overrated. But, like with most things, there are always exceptions to the rule. The last time I used this term earnestly was for Pfarmers. And this instance is the pinnacle of what it means to be a fully collaborative and cohesive unit when it comes to tapping into that primal well known as music.

Enter in case/ lang/ veirs with their self-titled album. These names should ring a bell. This album is the collaborative effort of some of the most well-respected musicians in the industry: Neko Case, k.d. lang, and Laura Veirs. The solo accomplishments between the three of them is astounding, so it is no surprise that this record is on another plane. They seemingly easily avoid a common trope other "super groups" get trapped in - sounding like an eclectic set of cutting room floor numbers from their other projects. This album elevates the idea of melding ideas and playing off of known strengths. This album was over two years in the making (initiated by an email sent out by lang to Case and Veirs) and the carefully curated craftsmanship shows.

The album opens with 'Atomic Number' introducing all three voices individually and nestling those tight harmonies in your ear before you even get a chance to ask. There's a crispness to the vocals that is missing in much of today's popular music. Vocals are both overproduced and auto-tuned to Hell or revel in being ragged and flawed. For these musicians, their voices have a bite but always with a smooth finish.

In all honesty, each song deserves its own piece. The album meticulously melds genres to a place where it almost detracts to pinpoint where specific influences come from. One minute you hear folk and country, then suddenly a psych rock infused guitar enters the scene with its pal jazz.

'Honey and Smoke' is a sultry throwback to dimly lit piano bars brewing cigarettes and pin-striped suits. 'Delirium' is a mid-tempo rocker with some of the best poetry in the album: "Delirium, delirium, kaleidoscoping in"; "I'm the only thing between you/ and that heartbreak feeling." The song 'Best Kept Secret' is all indie alt-country telling the story of a person who was going to "teach guitar to half the kids across LA" and now they are the "best kept secret in Silver Lake".

There is a song for every mood on this album. This trio has shown what happens when egos from greats are set aside and the art is elevated above everything else. Nothing feels forced. The ease with which the compositions flow and lyrics are sung is something any aspiring musician should hope to accomplish. case/ lang/ veirs wrote an album that captures the beauty in pain and the flaws in magnificence. And for that, we should be grateful.