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Logistics

Now More Than Ever

(Hospital Records; US: 2 Nov 2006; UK: 25 Sep 2006)

This double-album by Logistics is logical if you enjoy dance, ambient, or drum and bass music. The first disc begins with the high-octane, jungle-ish “Beatbox Master”, bringing to mind Chemical Brothers meets Fatboy Slim, while “Call Me Back” continues down this road, albeit with a little less pizzazz and splash. An above average “Everything Is Illuminated” is diminished by the ordinary “Machine”, which is indeed rather mechanical or jungle-by-numbers. Generally, the first disc is quite good, going by the intense but catchy “Follow That Star” and the intricate “Winter Blues”, which resembles something out of Leftfield. A nice surprise is the less intense, dreamy “Haunted By Her Yesterdays”. Disc two is much like disc one (go figure!), with the dance-y, spacey “Welcome to the Future” kicking things off. Yet things get a bit haywire with the busy and often messy “The Divide”. For the most part, Logistics comes through without any hassle during “Time to Give It Up” and the groovy “Release the Pressure”. Other highlights include the lighter, airy “Depth Charge” and “Red Sky at Night”.

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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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