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Attack! Attack!

Attack! Attack!

(Rock Ridge Music; US: 14 Oct 2008; UK: 7 Oct 2008)

A cross between Fall Out Boy and Franz Ferdinand, Attack! Attack! makes bouncy, dance-y, emo-tinged rock. Some prime examples are on “Honesty”, the up-tempo, smooth “You and Me” and the mediocre “This Is a Test” which passes by the skin of its teeth. However, the band definitely hits gold with “Too Bad Son”, a song that resembles a cross between FOB and The Replacements in their later-day prime. But it’s the songs that are often throwaways that seem to complement the highlights very well. A perfect example of this is the perfectly polished pop of “From Now On”, a song you will find yourself humming in the shower the next day. The same can be said for the rapid-fire and terribly tight “Say It To Me” and the closing “Time Is Up”, a tune that is full bore rock. A very good attack indeed!

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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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