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Brandon Schott

Golden State

(Golden State Music; US: 31 Jul 2007; UK: Available as import)

Brandon Schott’s first release in a couple of years could almost put one to sleep, but not in the boring sense. With a sweet, sugary brand of pop that is dreamy and lullaby-esque, Schott nails the tender and precious “Beachwood” with a quiet confidence. Meanwhile, the title track could be mistaken for a Beach Boys cover with rich harmonies over the course of five gorgeous minutes. Early on, it’s quite apparent Schott has ample chops to deliver his tunes perfectly, especially the slow, Blue Rodeo-ish “Simple Life”, which saunters along effortlessly. But Schott keeps things close to his strengths with the timeless “Everyone Knows It But You” and the simple and reflective “Hourglass”. The only mid-tempo to up-tempo song has to be “Carousel” which brings to mind Peter, Bjorn and John. Light and breezy, Schott’s latest is one that’s hard to take off the player.

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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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