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Horseback

Impale Golden Horn

(Burly Time; US: 30 Apr 2007; UK: Unavailable)

This former frontman for Best Kissers in the World takes his own material and blends it in with some thoughtfully selective covers for a very interesting, appealing album. The realization that it’s basically b-sides and rarities is surprising considering how well they’re executed; and cohesive, one can’t understate how cohesive the album sounds. Whether it’s the heartfelt and sincere “One Clear Shot” or the soulful, powerful delivery on the Stones gem “Jigsaw Puzzle”, Collier seems quite confident on each song. It shows, particularly on the alt. country reworking of David Bowie’s “Sorrow”. At other times, his own material shines, such as the tender, singer-songwriter vibe felt during “Don’t Discard Me”. The only tune which doesn’t quite gel as well is Elton John’s “Rocket Man”, which goes down an Americana road. What is more powerful and perhaps the highlight is the stunning “Night Comes In” which stretches out for six wonderful minutes. The slower, honky-tonkin’ “Sometimes She Forgets”, penned by Steve Earle, is also golden.

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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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