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Elanors

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(Parasol; US: 17 Oct 2006; UK: Available as import)

Elanors consists of some members of Judah Johnson, however they are quite different than that group. Spacy, atmospheric, and very consistent, this group creates very moving pieces of work, opening with “The Lion”, which sounds like a cross between Starsailor and Radiohead. It is a very pretty track that you could fall asleep to as equally as you could fall in love with it. Just as engaging is the slow, soulful, and very tender “Counsel of Bodies”, which beams brilliantly. Elanors can also be very lush and large sounding, especially on the inviting “She Had a Dream”, sounding like Ricky Nelson fronting Sigur Ros in certain spots. What makes this album so damn appealing is how well they maintain a high level of quality and consistency, with “Drifters” sounding like a possible Ron Sexsmith track circa Cobblestone Runway, while the sweet “Do You Know My Name” resembles a Rufus Wainwright composition. Perhaps the lone number which has them reaching a bit is “Tricks”, with its sullen, Coldplay-meets-Thom Yorke feeling.

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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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