The High Wire: Ahead of the Rain
Not quite as expansive or epic as Explosions in the Sky, the High Wire take a lush, almost Belle and Sebastian-ish approach to this leadoff track “Ahead of the Rain”. Meanwhile “Saint Bees” is a heady, retro-sounding number which resembles a cross between Travis and Smashing Pumpkins. Meanwhile, the softer, ambling and Beatles-riddled “Easy” is extremely easy on the ears. Perhaps the song which sums up the album best is “You Don’t Know What I Know” with the lyric talking about filling up one’s head with sugar. Sweetness is perhaps the best description of this record, a record which would give Canadian act Stars a run for their money.
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
, 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.