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Jeremy

Made in France

(Jam Recordings; US: 2006)

Jeremy Morris is power pop. If you looked up in the dictionary for the term you would see him. Known primarily by his first name, Jeremy recorded most of these gems while in France. Culled from radio shows and other live appearances and performances, songs such as “It’s Getting Better” shine thanks to the pared down arrangements and terribly sweet harmonies from April Morris. Think of the likes of Tom Petty or The Byrds and these songs come clearly into focus. The softer, melodic “Where Were You?” is Jeremy left to his own strengths. The songs stand up quite well, including “Come Clean” that is just vocal and guitar jangles and the tender “Time Is Running Out”. The album contains several instrumentals beginning with the folksy “Happy Song” and haunting “Magdala’s Theme”. The strangest yet best of the instrumental lot is the lengthy and heady “Pilgrimage to Montsegur”. The Beatles are also an obvious touchstone, with Jeremy nailing “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away”. More instrumentals and little gems follow, including “Today Is the Day” and the Syd Barrett-esque “Home”. It’s a very sweet pop album.

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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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