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Jake Stigers

No Vacancy

(Lil' Pony; US: 14 Nov 2006; UK: Unavailable)

The younger brother of Curtis Stigers can certainly hold his own when it comes to making great pop rock. The seven-track album gets off to a good, rocking start with “Ride With You” that has all the Southern-fried strut and swagger of the Black Crowes or the Stones. Just as appealing is the moody, mid-tempo and hook-riddled “End of the World”, which seems to have a great deal of roots oomph coming off of it. But the singer-songwriter can also tone it down for a finer, acoustic effort such as “She’s a Woman” that glides along without a care in the world. A cover of John Hiatt’s “Riding With the King” is a bit of a stretch, much like it was for Eric Clapton and his attempt at the same song with B.B. King. But things get back on track with the quirky but effective tale of being at home with family during “House of Your Own”. A soulful “Slow Time” also seems to work quite nicely.

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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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