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Doug Paisley

Doug Paisley

(No Quarter; US: 27 Jan 2009)

In a time where Ray Lamontagne gets the recognition he so justly deserves, Doug Paisley sounds like he’s come from the same wooded, the Band circa Big Pink era on the gorgeous opener “What About Us?” with its subtle but lovely organ fueling the tune. Meanwhile, the singer-songwriter makes “Broken in Two” quite memorable, calling to mind a cross between J.J. Cale and Ron Sexsmith. Pure Americana as a guy from Toronto can get, Paisley slows things down with the somber “Digging in the Ground” which saunters along deliberately. Although it comes in at only nine songs, the quality is top notch, especially on the inviting “Last Duet” with its country accents. However, he moves too far into this realm with the formulaic “We Weather”. But all is forgiven when Paisley delivers “Take My Hand” perfectly, a slow, old-school country track that seems to float just over the musician’s head.

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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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