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Birgit

True Stories I Made Up

(Zip; US: 10 Jul 2007; UK: Available as import)

Electronica and classical Chinese music don’t seem to be the blend of perfection. But while Birgit’s bio says they were trying to highlight the latter, there is much more of the former on the slick electro-pop of “Tsunami” (no, not a cover of the Manic Street Preachers tune). Bringing to mind a cross between European singer Annie and Scottish rock band Texas, Birgit however manages to throw into three interludes dubbed “Breathing Exercises” which are harks back to China and are basically a waste of one’s breath and energy. “Guniang” is pretty much a run-of-the-mill pop song that doesn’t pack much punch and “Hardrocking Diva” might have the air of a diva, but is anything but hard rock. The first decent effort is “Baby Please”, a tight, polished pop song with touches of Middle Eastern flair and “Sleeping Pill” follows a similar pattern with better than expected results. But for every plus such as the slow but pleasing “Bring Me Back” there is a track that drags the album down, as is the case with the decent but far from delicious “Not Just Anyone” and the Beyonce-lite “Take a Better Look”.

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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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