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Tony Furtado

Deep Water

(Funzalo; US: 20 Jan 2009)

Singer-songwriter Tony Furtado goes down a murky road to begin this latest album. The opener is a winding, intricate banjo ditty dubbed “The Bawds Of Zuphony” which sets the stage for the light, breezy “Deep Water” and the bouncy, pedestrian “Lighten Up Your Load”. Furtado ups the ante with the rocking “Raise ‘Em Up” that sounds like a Fogerty-leaning number but his bread and butter are often the melodic, mid-tempo moments such as “Waste Of The Moon”, a song that doesn’t reinvent the wheel but still comes through quite well. Probably the only number that falls off the rails is “Tongue Tied” and its balancing act between roots and radio-friendly pop. He atones for this with the gentle “Color Of Cold” and “Weight Of The World”, a tune having a bit more depth and weight to it.

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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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