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Kira Lynn Cain

The Ideal Hunter

(Evangeline; US: 1 May 2008; UK: Unavailable)

This music is the type that seems best suited for mop-up time after the bar has closed and the patrons have stumbled out. Dark, a bit spooky, but with a gorgeous approach, Kira Lynn Cain makes these songs soar with great arrangements and a delivery that recalls a cross between PJ Harvey and Nico. The alluring and cinematic opener “White as a Dove” is pure heaven as her vocals hover over the music and the same holds true for the atmospheric “Arizona” with its dreamy accents. Part country and part orchestral pop, the performer seems in her element from start to finish, especially on the tender “Good” with her almost angelic performance. Most of this record is very heady and hypnotic as the psychedelic-tinged “Not With My Eyes” ambles along slowly while “The Strange Light” saunters along and almost puts you to sleep in the nicest way possible. This is not a record for those hoping for an uplifting experience, but one which is extremely pretty nonetheless. This is an artist to watch out for when listening to the Spaghetti Western theme music oozing from “Under Somebody’s Hand” and “Chills”, the latter which is eerie enough to give one the chills.

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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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