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Momus

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(Darla; US: 18 Nov 2008; UK: 24 Nov 2008)

Momus has always done his own thing, so his latest album isn’t too different from the ridiculously eclectic albums he’s previously released. Talking about playing his “big bassoon” on “Birocracy”, Momus sounds like he’s a hipper, smoother Hot Chip on the opening track with all its blips and beeps. Meanwhile, the higher notes hit on the tender, jazzy “Widow Twanky” recalls the best of Martin Tielli (of Canadian band Rheostatics). Meanwhile after “Mr. Proctor” which could be mistaken as an out-take from Bowie’s Outside. This is also true of “Strewf!” This album hits and misses most of the time, whether it’s the quirky “Jahwise Hammer of the Babylon King” or the shining “The Next Time” with its soft touches. The highlight is probably the bouncy “The Cooper O’Fife” that sounds a bit like Dr. Seuss on LSD. Another keeper is the Supertramp-ish “The Mouth Organ”.

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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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