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Daniel Higgs

Atomic Yggdrasil Tarot

(Thrill Jockey; US: 5 Jun 2007; UK: 11 Jun 2007)

Review [8.Jul.2007]

I’m sure Daniel Higgs is a sweet, tender and loving man. I’m positive he knows the difference between wrong and right, both on a human and spiritual level. However,  taking his cue it appears from Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music, Higgs tries to make the most of “Luminous Carcass Ornament” which sounds like it was put together by the simpleton pig lovers in Deliverance. From there, Higgs tries to outdo himself with “Cocoon on the Cross”, an 11-minute din of guitar, keyboard and other assorted noisemaking devices. Here Higgs seems to have a point early on in the manner of a Ry Cooder, but it’s mixed with moments of inanity. Over the course of its length, fans of early Pink Floyd might also warm up to it. But the majority of the album is one artist’s noodle-ing for the sake of noodle-ing, as is the case with “Spectral Hues” and “Subatomic Yggdrasil Tarot”. Only “Hems And Seams” has some sort of purpose, albeit in a Middle Eastern hallucinogenic kind of way. Not for the faint of heart; or strong of heart.

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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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