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Kurt Hagardorn

Ten Singles

(Bladen County; US: 1 Mar 2007; UK: Unavailable)

This former member of Gumption recorded these ten singles over roughly six years. And while the time gap is rather large, the strong groove that comes out on “International Travel Advisory” is the sort of Beatles-tinged song you’ve never heard before but seem to know exactly where it’s heading. And it’s good, damn good. After that, Hagardorn opts for a cross of The Kinks and The Byrds with the retro-pop rock of “You Are My Girl”, a country-ish tune that a band like Sloan could pull off with relative ease. But Hargardorn, who grew up in Tennessee, seems just as comfortable doling out an Americana gem like “Yesterday and Tomorrow” as he does with the ensuing “Please Make it Last”, which sounds like Neil Young covering the Pink Floyd ditty “San Tropez”. Meanwhile, Hagardorn hits another home run with the power pop nugget “Rock Scissors Paper” and also with the terribly melodic and jangle-riddled “You Never Know”. Hagardorn can do no wrong with the foot-stomping “Last Time Rewind” leaving a group like The Soundtrack of Our Lives drooling. The biggest problem with this album is that there is nothing to criticize about it. I hate it when that happens…

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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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