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Girl Nobody

Balaclava Casino Heist

(Jericho Beach; US: 28 Aug 2007; UK: Unavailable)

Girl Nobody is a great band that challenge themselves just as much as they do the listeners. With a whirl of rock, pop and electronic textures weaving in and out of the title track, the group would fall somewhere between The Organ and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Few can pull off that pout-like but sophisticated delivery like Karen O., but singer Marta Jaciubek-McKeever is up to the task on the winding opener. Meanwhile, the tamer “I’ll Shake It” is a catchy little indie rocker that brings to mind fellow Canuck band Mother Mother. The first real gem though is the reggae-meets-electro groove oozing out of “Sniffin’ Glue”. Even when they slow things down to a soulful, jazz-tinted crawl as they do with “Let You Down Slowly”, Jaciubek-McKeever has the pipes to deliver the goods perfectly in a vein resembling Norah Jones. The odd and quirky timing of “Icons Bleed” only adds to the album’s luster which sounds like a lo-fi indie pop piece that is a bit puzzling. Yet “I Disappear” is the melding of equal parts Tom Waits and PJ Harvey. But Girl Nobody also uses its other members for lead vocals, as is the case with the somewhat haunting and effective “Grandfather”.

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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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