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The Reign Of Kindo

Rhythm, Chord & Melody

(One Eleven; US: 28 Aug 2008; UK: Available as import)

Trying to be influenced by the likes of Travis and Radiohead can rarely be considered bad things, but a band has to have the chops to make sure it’s not a crappy parody. Fortunately The Reign Of Kindo have the intricate melodies and sweet harmonies to pull it off on a song like “The Moments In Between”. Meanwhile, “Breathe Again” sounds a cross between The Fray and Keane, leaning more towards the latter. But it’s a style that seems to crumble upon itself during the jazzy, meandering “Great Blue Sea” which slowly drowns and the equal languid “Let It Go”. That same adult contemporary jazz-pop feel is also apparent on “Till We Make Our Ascent”, but the ascent is rather quick as this falls flat. And sadly “Something In The Way That You Are” doesn’t fare much better. “I Hear That Music Play” is probably the lone saving grace on the album’s rather taxing second half.

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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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