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Little Pieces

Little Pieces

(One Eleven; US: 3 Jun 2008; UK: Unavailable)

Little Pieces are the sort of band that turn you on (or should) from the opening notes of the perfectly polished “The Skier” that is part Petty and part Pixies. It’s a delightful little ditty. Following that, “Hurricane” comes in with a poppy whirl that would have fans of Bishop Allen salivating. And fortunately that pop sensibility remains in tact for much of this 10-track record, especially on the tight and well-crafted “Smallest Man” which has a certain trace of ‘60s Britpop in it. Even when Little Pieces offer up the somewhat summery California nugget “Featherweight Song”, they do it with such confidence that the term “featherweight” would not aptly describe the group. The trio of Grant Badger, Rob Lloyd and Herman Jolly might be at their best during “Stop the World” when they talk about picking up a little slut and melting at her singing voice. Fans of Sloan or Cool Blue Halo, the latter a lesser known Halifax pop band, would also lap up the punchy “The Zeppo Stone” with its high harmonies. And if you’re not won over by now, Little Skies offer up “Ordinary Friend” as proof they have something going on. This record definitely makes you keep faith in alternative or indie-rock.

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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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