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Benjy Ferree

Leaving the Nest

(Domino; US: 7 Nov 2006; UK: Available as import)

Benjy Ferree has a style so fun that you can help but crack a grin. It’s terribly fabulous, criminally infectious, and so frickin’ simple that it’s ridiculously refreshing! The sweet, jangle-tinged “In the Countryside” ambles along and begs repeating all day long. Ferree also ups the ante with the rowdier, raunchier and ballsy “Dog Killers!”, which sounds like a cross between the Strokes and the White Stripes. But the ebb and flow throughout the record is impressive, particularly when Ferree slows things down for the gorgeous “Little at a Time” and the winding, mid-tempo folksy “The Desert”, which sounds like a combination of Devendra Banhart and Danny Michel. Just as stellar is the soulful, mournful “Private Honeymoon” and the rambling, Dylan-meets-the Raconteurs “Hollywood Sign”. The album is very charming as well, with Ferree wearing his heart on his sleeves and in his lyrics during “Why Bother” and the homemade-sounding “In the Woods”. Worthy of year-end lists everywhere!

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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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