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Jan

Everything Must Go

(Guilt Ridden Pop; US: 11 Sep 2007; UK: Available as import)

A three-song EP by Jan—otherwise known to friends and family as Jeaneen Gauthier—is rife with simple, tender indie pop. Fans of The Blake Babies or Julie Doiron’s sound would enjoy most of the material here, albeit being three songs and clocking under 15 minutes. “Juliet Was the Sun” kicks things off and is a great opening number but the real gem on the EP is The Sundays-like “Talk of Love” that glides along thanks to a great but subtle bass line. The only problem is that Jan leaves you wanting so much more. Nonetheless, this rather strong teaser of a release concludes with “Heaven” (not the Bryan Adams sappy ballad), another light and poppy bit of music that would do well somewhere between 10,000 Maniacs and Natalie Merchant.

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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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