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Buildings Breeding

Buildings Breeding

(Mushpot; US: 23 Jan 2007; UK: Unavailable)

Be careful what you wish for, for it may come true. Buildings Breeding started off as a fake group on MySpace, but now it appears that the joke is on the group, as they’ve seen their music garnering notice in some circles. This record has a very light, soft feeling to it that seems to glide along without a care in the world, especially during the roots-y “Stacking Up Reasons” and the whispered “Leaving Out the Punch”, which brings to mind a demo from Paul Westerberg or Bright Eyes. The airy feeling continues as Melanie Glover sings sweetly and tenderly during “Emmawood” and the Belle and Sebastian-ish “Beesting”. But things don’t seem to gather momentum, with “Nothing Sacred Here” being mediocre, while “Youth Is All That’s Left” and “In My Hands” sound like wasted opportunities despite the vocals being pleasing and memorable a la Roger McGuinn. The album ends on an Americana-leaning downer a la Wilco with “Slowly to Sleep”. On the whole it’s good, but nothing to get your knickers in a boy scout knot over.

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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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