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Absentstar

Absentstar EP

(Columbia; US: 2007; UK: Available as import)

Windy City newcomers Absentstar had this EP produced by Dan Wilson, he of Semisonic fame. So as a result, it’s not surprising that Absentstar goes for the softer side of rock with these grandiose, Coldplay-tinged tracks beginning with “Half Life”. Meanwhile, the ensuing “For God Sakes” tries to revisit that same feel, but fails early and then miserably with a rather paltry, flaccid chorus that leads nowhere fast. The highlight (yes, there are only four songs here, so one has to be a highlight, right?) is “If You Like It” which has a snippy, strutting, cocksure attitude or vibe throughout. Think of something by Suede or the Tears and you get the gist of this ditty. Another keeper is the rich “If What You Mean Is Harm” which is led by strong vocals.

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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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