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Audrye Sessions

Audrye Sessions

(Black Seal; US: 10 Oct 2008)

Falling somewhere between the Fray and Coldplay, Audrye Sessions has a lot more pop than the former but not quite as much as the latter. The track “Turns Me Off” takes a while to get flowing but comes up smelling like daisies by verse two. Here Audrye Sessions vocalist/guitarist Ryan Karazija even sounds a bit like U2’s Bono to boot. Meanwhile the closer on this four-song EP is a gentle, tender “New Year’s Day” (and no, not the U2 cover) with sweet vocals by Karazija this time in the vein of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke circa “Fake Plastic Trees”. Toss in a very stellar, solid and meandering number entitled “Awake” and you hope there are far more sessions in the works for this group.

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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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