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Mink

Mink

(Grey Nurse; US: 28 Aug 2007; UK: Available as import)

Mink had an opening slot for Perry Farrell’s Dance Party, oops, World Party, er, Satellite Party earlier this year. But while they aren’t quite as spacey as Mr. Jane’s Addiction, the band can dole out a hearty heap of garage rock a la Iggy or The New York Dolls. Such punk-ish energy comes to the fore with “Get It Right” which has all the cocksure strutting of vocalist Neal Carlson to get its message across clearly. Meanwhile “Madame Chung” is another foot-stomping romp and the ensuing “Talk to Me” is a light, but equally enjoyable affair that has the bouncy verve of “Lust For Life”. Mink can do no wrong early on with the slow-building “Dematerialize” bringing a new vibe to the proceedings. Other highlights include “Jodi” that keeps the quality high with a rather good sing-along chorus. Heck, even the sappy ballad “Crazy World” comes off fairly good. The longer the album goes on, it gets marginally weaker as is the case with “Sweeter” which is too sugar-coated. Fortunately, it ends on a high, arena-rock like note with “Will Not Let You Down”.

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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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