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Max Morgan

Interrupting the Silence

(Chime; US: 31 Mar 2009)

Liverpudlian Max Morgan has a rather light, airy voice on the opening number “Loneliest Man in the World”, a rather strong but unadventurous pop tune in the vein of the Fray with a pinch of Snow Patrol on top. However, what makes it stand out is the melody, something that seems to shine and stick a la Crowded House. This definitely applies when “Secret” comes along during the latter half. And while some of these tunes have had prime television airings (Grey’s Anatomy), Morgan creates a rather cohesive, above average affair on the backs of sweet pop tunes like “Sold Out to the Scene”, which recalls the Calling and a rather rowdier Jonas Brothers (in this case, the latter being a good thing). However, the standard ballads “Wait for Me” and “Trouble” are something you really don’t need to wait for, as it’s all be done here before. Fortunately, the Oasis-like “Feel (Whoever You Are)” and the up-tempo, edgy, Pete Yorn-ish “Suffer” suffer from nothing but great hooks and great pipes from Morgan. Perhaps the real surprise or dark horse of the 11 tracks is the McCartney-ish piano nugget “Nobody’s Coming to My Rescue” which is a gentle, pensive and pretty effort.

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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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