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Lozen

Enemies Against Power

(Australian Cattle God; US: 15 May 2007; UK: Available as import)

A two-piece tandem (featuring Annie “Hozoji” Matheson-Margulis and Justine “Justice” Valdez) are the ingredients which make Lozen. And a lot of this material seems overly weighty and genre-bending, beginning with the classic rock wails that open “Breech”. Fortunately the song morphs into something of a higher quality despite plodding along for the better part of nine minutes. “Made With Love” is a song that doesn’t go anywhere meaningful with more of the same. Lozen hits gold with “Unspeakable Truths” which seems to meld the intensity of the vocals with a more textured, winding musical arrangement. Too often though the group gets bogged down in artsiness for artiness’s sake as is the case with the extended “Erleichda!” and the rather stale shoegazer-tinged “Wet Nightmare”.

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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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