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Jenny Hoyston

Isle Of

(Southern; US: 11 Sep 2007; UK: 17 Sep 2007)

Erase Errata member Jenny Hoyston keeps busy with her latest album of lo-fi recordings. This is especially the case during “Structure” and the pretty “Kill Those Thoughts About” which are both examples of Velvet Underground-inspired rock. A few of these selections are a bit artsy fartsy, especially “Break Apart, Reattach”, which could have been created by Kraftwerk or more recently Fischerspooner. Although the guitar work during “Spell D-O-G” recalls the best of The Strokes circa Is This It, Hoyston mixes this record up with lean, minimal electro-pop ditties such as “Bring Back Art”, which screams to be covered by Peaches. While highlights are fleeting at times, a song like “Everyone’s Alone” seems to saunter along quite beautifully with a carefree, Feist-like attitude. Several of the songs clock under two minutes, but it doesn’t deter from the cleverness of “Ruff…Ruff…/Rainbow City” and the sheer honesty of the stark “Send the Angels”.

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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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