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Greg Laswell

Through Toledo

(Vanguard; US: 11 Jul 2006; UK: 10 Jul 2006)

Greg Laswell’s music should be listened when it’s dark and cloudy. That doesn’t mean that it’s sad, depressing music, but it just seems to contain that comforting sort of feeling of a gray sky day, especially on the opener “Sing, Theresa Says”. Laswell here is at his singer-songwriter best. Released after separating from his wife, the record contains all the bumps and bruises of such a situation. A good example of this is the moody “Amazed”, which has some subtle string accents with great results that hit full throttle for the rowdy, edgy chorus. A better example of this is the tender, heartfelt “Do What I Can”. “Worthwhile”, meanwhile, would bring a rocky, rollicking Ron Sexsmith to mind. The same can be said for the piano-led “High and Low” that tugs at certain emotional strings. Just as strong are the unnerving “Come Undone”, the slow-building “Same as You”, and the murky, muddy and muddled “I’m Hit”.

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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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