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Kelt

Tomorrow Is Another Day

(Popboomerang; US: 9 Jan 2007; UK: Available as import)

The Australian band Kelt has a dreamy pop sensibility, one that’s been done before but never gets tired or stale when done perfectly—as is the case here. A Travis-meets-Keane-like opener “Wake Myself Up” would lull you to sleep if you weren’t careful, but that should be taken in the brightest light possible. The somber “Plane’s Eye View” which evolves into a chugging, folksy feel is just as pretty, bringing to mind singer-songwriters like Rufus Wainwright and particularly David Gray. While there’s a certain “woe’s me” theme in a lot of the lyrical material, it doesn’t diminish the tender, meticulous care given to tracks like “Incomplete” which is anything but incomplete. The album glides along at an easy gait during the gorgeous “Help Wanted” and the melancholic “Unrequited” that seems perfect for solitary Sunday walks in the fall. But none seem to rise above the emotional “When We Lose Our Way”.

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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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