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DM Stith

Curtain Speech

(Asthmatic Kitty; US: 9 Dec 2008)

Coming off a bit like muzak and not music, DM Stith makes sure there are plenty of rich, lush orchestral touches to this EP. The opening track “Around the Lion Legs” is a perfect example of this. Bringing to mind Devendra Banhart with his quirky but credible delivery, Stith takes an almost hymnal approach on the opener. Meanwhile the title track is another ethereal snippet which is okay at best. The lengthy “Just Once” is a spacey, haunting number that is an acquired taste to be sure. The remaining numbers offer up more of the same richness, but generally this album doesn’t really do much to convince listeners what they’re listening to is magic.

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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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