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Les Petits

The Mighty Antlers of Song

(Saved By Radio; US: 17 Jul 2007; UK: Available as import)

Les Petits have sweet, soft and memorably crafted tunes, but it’s too bad a handful of them aren’t fully realized or developed. “Chickadee Attack!” is such an example as a simple singer-songwriter nugget is nailed by singer Rebecca Taves, but it clocks in at just under 90 seconds. Meanwhile “Boy Before the Woods (It’s a Prequel)” sounds as if Richard Butler from The Psychedelic Furs decided to take up the mantle for Broken Social Scene. The group creates some magical moments on occasion as is the case with the pretty, delicate “Coyote Attack!” with female and male lead vocals. Yet Les Petits could almost bring a lump to one’s throat with the ethereal “Chronograph #1” with its unusual serenity and tranquil feel. Although there are a few moments that are nothing more than interludes, Les Petits seal the album’s quality with a rather rowdy “Best Tasting Wool in the Whole World”.

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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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