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Echo Jet

Echo Jet

(The Machine; US: 10 Jun 2008; UK: Available as import)

California brothers Denny and Kenny Scott have the harmonies that only come genetically, hence the reason why several of these songs shine. Right off the bat the group comes at the listener with the power pop of “Wave” and the somewhat moodier radio-friendly, summer-driving ditty “Chemical” that brings to mind the Rembrandts. This is particularly apparent during “Love Kills” with its terribly strong melody that the band nails. Echo Jet is content with staying in this rather safe but solid framework, although “Something to Believe In” branches out a bit more with a roots-y, Midwestern hue. The same feeling can also be said for “Drive” that is tight, poppy and rather catchy. And it’s this realm which accounts for a good chunk of the album’s second half, with the sleeper pick probably being the light, airy “Okay” resembling a rowdier, rock-oriented Savage Garden at times. The final kicker is a sweet, Crowded House-tinged gem entitled “One and Only”.

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Originally from Cape Breton, MacNeil is currently writing for the Toronto Sun as well as other publications, including All Music Guide, Billboard.com, NME.com, Country Standard Time, Skope Magazine, Chart Magazine, Glide, Ft. Myers Magazine and Celtic Heritage. A graduate of the University of King's College, MacNeil currently resides in Toronto. He has interviewed hundreds of acts ranging from Metallica and AC/DC to Daniel Lanois and Smokey Robinson. MacNeil (modestly referred to as King J to friends), a diehard Philadelphia Flyers fan, has seen the Rolling Stones in a club setting, thereby knowing he will rest in peace at some point down the road. Oh, and he writes for PopMatters.com.


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