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Jonathan Wilson

Frankie Ray

(Koch; US: 22 May 2007; UK: Available as import)

Judging by the opening song, “Your Ears Are Burning”, Jonathan Wilson sounds as if he likes spaghetti westerns. However, when you’ve played with Bert Jansch, Gary Louris (The Jayhawks) and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, among others, you have the freedom to do that without getting too artsy fartsy. Wilson’s delivery brings to mind an americana Nick Drake, especially on the warm, folksy “El Matador” that has a dream quality to it. Wilson is quite strong throughout with the aptly titled “Waltz With Me” which glides along. However, sometimes Wilson indulges himself occasionally at expense of the song, which is the case with the dragging “Carousel” that goes around and around for too long. Highlights on the nearly 80-minute album are the tender, barren “Road 92”, the gorgeous alt-country nuggets “White Turquoise” and title track, “Frankie Ray”. Add to that another lovely gem “Dreaming” and you have a great album already. One surprise is “Sing to You” which could have been stolen from Springsteen’s back pocket circa Nebraska or The Ghost Of Tom Joad. Then there is the lone poppy, spring-in-your-step ditty is “You Can Have Me”. It’s an album definitely worth having.

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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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