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Hannah Fury

Through the Gash

(MellowTraumatic; US: 7 Aug 2007; UK: Available as import)

Creepy is a word often associated with Hannah Fury and for good reason. While not quite as odd as Diamanda Galas, Fury ensures that there will be plenty of unnerving yet simultaneously beautiful moments on this record beginning with the haunting, crawling “Defenestration” and then on the precious, delicate “No Man Alive”. This isn’t a collection of songs so much as one interesting journey, with Hannah Fury rarely giving clues as to what will come next. While not exactly resembling Enya or Dead Can Dance, there are certain textures to her music which bring those artists to mind, especially on the lullaby-esque “Don’t Be Scared” with its spooky effects and cries in the distance. Following an Enigma-ish “Carnival Justice (The Gloves Are Off) Part II”, Fury nails the gorgeous “You Don’t Leave a Trace” that is pure bliss á la Kate Bush. “You Had Me” and “Carousel” have a light and airy tone that an artist like Tori Amos can only someday aspire to. The homestretch begins with the appealing “Girls That Glitter Love the Dark” which shines for six lovely minutes.

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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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