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20 Minute Loop

Famous People Marry Famous People

(Self Released (20 Minute Loop); US: 2008)

This arty, Beatles-ish band produces well-crafted pop songs that recall Sloan, Ben Folds and especially the New Pornographers with the male/female lead singers showing their chops on “Dr. Vitus Werdegast” and the equally pleasing “English As a Second Language” with its layered harmonies and sweet, sugar-coated melodies. The album takes an up-tempo swing with “The Bone Is the Orbital Planet of the Nerve” which is a choppy, punchy romp. And lead singer Kelly Atkins seems to have no problem sounding like Neko Case on the gorgeous “Automatic Pilot”. Following the slow dance feel of “Empire”, 20 Minute Loop put the spring back in this album’s step with “Latin Names and Straight Pins”. Even the somber, sullen “The Kirkbride Plan” shines.

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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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