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Drakes Hotel

Tell Me Everything

(Reverb; US: 8 May 2007; UK: Unavailable)

Drakes Hotel starts off Tell Me Everything with a very strong tune entitled “Broadcast to the Addicted”—the sound coming across like the gorgeous but omitted tune from the Lost in Translation soundtrack. Lead singer Amy Drake shines throughout the album, especially on the Garbage-like “Red”, a tight radio-friendly nugget that never stalls. But “Some Will Say” takes a little longer than desired to warm up to, particularly with its murky, winding psychedelic feel. Fortunately the band redeems themselves with a thick slab of Jesus and Mary Chain-esque rock during “Wreck” and the equally hypnotic “Nullified”, which is probably the strongest song here. And that’s saying a hell of a lot. The homestretch contains other little jewels like the lighter, melodic “Songs I Forgot About” that resembles Luna as does the haunting “These Things.” Another slow-building gem is the soaring “Above The Voices”, a song that will have you hitting repeat time and 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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