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Boys Like Girls

Boys Like Girls

(Red Ink; US: 22 Aug 2006; UK: Available as import)

It’s rare that an album will have me rolling my eyes within the first 15 or 20 seconds, but this self-titled record does just that. With a string of riffs, structures and lyrics that were seemingly found on the cutting room floor, Boys Like Girls are very glossy, even for a MySpace” find. “The Great Escape” sounds like a cross between Sum 41 on an off day and the Calling. But it’s the songs, songs that would make junior high school halls giddy with excitement, that make up this album. An album that would make Panic! at the Disco come off like Radiohead. When they put their heads down, songs like “On Top of the World” and “Five Minutes to Midnight” are adequate a la Jimmy Eat World. And they almost screw this one up. Other “emo” tunes here include the Taking Back Sunday-ish “Hero/Heroine” that screams for a Vans Warped Tour stage. But tired, stale and impotent efforts like “Thunder” make one want to run towards a lightning storm. Likewise for “Me, You and My Medication”. Some closing tracks are adequate, such as “Learning to Fall” and “Holiday”, but generally Boys Like Girls are another band you’ve heard before and unfortunately will hear again.

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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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