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Foreverinmotion

The Beautiful Unknown

(One Eleven; US: 8 May 2007; UK: Available as import)

Foreverinmotion is the work of one 23-year-old named Brendon Matthew Thomas, a musician who sounds and sings beyond his age during the tender opener “Magic”, which sounds a bit like Dashboard Confessional and Bright Eyes. Thomas keeps this slightly “emo” feel going during the ordinary “Avalanche”, the lush and pretty “Hot Air Balloon”, and the dreamy lullaby “Goodnight”, as he basically whispers the lyrics in a hushed tone. The first “rock” song is the slow-building “The Clothes We Walk In”, which will grow on the listener rather quickly. Although at times the album is hopeful, there’s often a dark cloud hovering over songs like “Flight 268”, which resembles something Roger Waters might have conjured up in his early solo years. Perhaps the biggest problem is how some songs are too overly dramatic, especially “The Rain”, which seems to go on and on and on. A slight improvement is the lengthy “Talu” and “Open Eyes and the Boundless Sky”, both of which bring to mind the City and the Colour, the side project of Alexisonfire guitarist Dallas Green.

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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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