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Mighty Fairly

Perfectly Good Airplanes

(Tinderbox Music; US: 2006; UK: Unavailable)

Sunny California pop, say hello to catchy Midwestern rock! This trio from Minneapolis has ample chops and a knack for creating shimmering pop songs that nods to Brit-pop and is still very sophisticated. “Last Stand Started” is a great leadoff that sounds like a cross between Spoon and Canadian newcomers Mother Mother. Happy, cheerful, and infectious, the band’s harmonies are also fine, even if they sing that they’re not in tune during “Lackluster”, which is anything but. Also worthy of repeated plays is “Dosage”, which is radio-friendly but not too cheeky or sweet. Meanwhile, the trio of Mischa Suemnig, Kellie Nitz, and Justin Bell make some quirky rock a la They Might Be Giants during the tight “It’s a Shame” and the spacey, heady “Like a Ghost”. Fans of Peter, Bjorn And John should pay attention as well, and the mid-tempo but pretty “Do You” is hard not to warm up to. While it’s hard to pick favorites, “Movin’ On” is a great track that shows the band’s roots-y Midwestern, er, roots.

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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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