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Ferraby Lionheart

Catch the Brass Ring

(Nettwerk; US: 4 Sep 2007; UK: Available as import)

The new album from Ferraby Lionheart could be mistaken for early recordings by Daniel Johnston. The opening track “Un Ballo Della Luna” is most likely a homemade recording as Lionheart saunters his way through the simple yet pretty track. Meanwhile, Lionheart does little roaring here, content to forge a sweet singer-songwriter brand of pop that is terribly difficult not to admire judging by “Small Planet” that brings to mind a cross between Neil Finn and Elliott Smith while “Call Me the Sea” has Lionheart hitting precious notes time and time again. Through it all, the singer’s knack for crafting enduring pop pearls is very evident as “The Car Maker” resembles a jazz-leaning, piano-centric Ron Sexsmith while “A Bell and Tumble” tumbles along effortlessly. Perhaps the sleeper on this impressive effort is “Youngest Frankenstein” which features Lionheart alone with his eccentric thoughts and a guitar. But the closing countrified “Put Me in Your Play” is another nugget.  Lionheart has definitely nabbed the brass ring with this release.

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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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