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Guther

Sundet

(MORR Music; US: 19 Sep 2006; UK: 4 Sep 2006)

Guther is the pairing of singer Julia Guther and Berend Intelmann. Guther (the singer) possesses a sweet, simple voice on the melancholic, smart, highbrow pop of “Still in This Town”, which brings to mind the Cranberries to some extent. Think of the Dears without the guitars and Murray Lightburn, and you might get a better idea. Meanwhile, the group change gears with “Statements”, a number which makes a very strong statement that sounds like Nico fronting Stars. Each song is very well-crafted, particularly the light, warm “Many Frames Per Moment”, which is rather adventurous and quite pleasing. When Guther slow things down, and are in no hurry to finish, they shine with a gorgeous and thoughtful “Throwing Thoughts”. Perhaps the true highlight though is “Trick or Treat”, a winding, tempo-changing affair that hits all the right places. Just as good is the Britpop feel behind “Afraid” and “Even When It’s Not” that resemble Pulp. While it won’t make year-end lists, this is the sort of record that has a timeless quality about it.

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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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