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Holy Music

(Fallout; US: 14 May 2007; UK: 7 May 2007)

Considered to be one of the original albums of the “psych-folk” movement, this reissue of the 1966 album is not something that you can just slap on and do the vacuuming to. When you have five songs all named “Wednesday”, well, it needs much more attention. The opener “Wednesday – Second” is a 13-minute effort that makes one check to see if their speakers are okay as subtle notes are heard off in the distance. It’s a bit like George Harrison meeting up with Jimmy Page and serving as some Middle Eastern catalyst for what would become “White Summer/Black Mountainside”. Perhaps the kindest thing is that the songs are much shorter from here on end as “Wednesday – Sixth” is the same directionless noodle-ing. “Wednesday – Fourth” is a bit less grating on the ears, resembling the likes of Ry Cooder in certain respects. But overall, this is one album you could probably do without.

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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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