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A Change of Pace

Prepare the Masses

(Immortal; US: 15 Aug 2006)

Most groups release their debut and then tour the hell out of it, but the key is whether they break up and hate each other for life or learn from the experience and come back with a bang. A Change of Pace attempt to prepare the masses with a very solid sophomore release beginning with the ominous title track and its marching intro. Sharp, crisp but not too polished or sleek, it sounds like a band on top of its game a la Green Day or Jimmy Eat World. This leads perfectly into “How to Rape a Country”, a song full of guns ablaze with a hard, meaty, punk rock flavor. It’s political without being too preachy. The group also nails the whiny, soft pop rock staple of most “emo” bands with “I’m Alive”. But they hit a wall hard with the sullen and mediocre “Weekend Warriors”. It’s a brief blip though after “White Lines and Lipstick” kicks things back up to snuff as does the mid-tempo and crunchy “A Song the World Can Sing Out Loud”. The highlight is the groove oozing out of “War in Your Bedroom”, despite the cheesy “sexy” lyrical content. “Recipe for Disaster” atones for the miscue with more sweet power pop.

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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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