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International Jetsetters

Heart Is Black

(Planting Seeds; US: 2008)

Sounding like Teenage Fanclub in their glorious heyday, International Jetsetters hit the ground running on the gorgeous, tight and shimmering “Inside Out” with sweet harmonies and sweeter power pop guitar riffs. From there the group nails “Inside Yourself”, a groove-riddled number that the band downplays perfectly. And if it brings the Jesus and Mary Chain to mind, there’s damn good reason for that as the band features drummer Loz Colbert and guitarist/vocalist Mark Crozer. Just as pretty is the somber, sullen and slow-building “Never Slows Down” which leads nicely into the darker but delicious “My Redemption”. Although the title track might be the least appealing of the lot, this EP is an extremely worthwhile and wonderful listen worth repeating.

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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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