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Clair De Lune

Assisted Living

(Deep Elm; US: 9 Jan 2007)

Minneapolis group Clair De Lune has all the angst and intensity of “emo/screamo” bands, but there is no screaming. Egads, dudes can sing! This is what sells songs such as “Killjoy” with its twists and gear changes that evoke a cross between Coldplay and Taking Back Sunday. The band also prospers during “Catapults” and “Checkers”, the latter being a tad lighter in tone, but just as beautiful while the guitar work and interplay among the band on “Airplanes” is quite refreshing, even giving the listener a teaser at what could end up being a rockabilly-influenced instrumental bridge. Perhaps the first true highlight is the urgency felt and heard on the meaty but melancholic rocker “Black Heart Charades”, not your average cookie-cutter rock song. Just as stellar is “I’m a People Person”. Unfortunately they get too cute with the orchestral instrumental “Winning Over Grief and Sorrow”, which diminishes the previous efforts quite a bit. Clair De Lune go over the moon however with a rollicking and intricate epic called “Criminal” to close things out that brings The Police to mind.

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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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