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Modwheelmood

Enemies and Immigrants

(Buddyhead; US: 8 Aug 2006; UK: Available as import)

When he isn’t with Trent Reznor, or biting the hand that feeds, Nine Inch Nails’ band member Alessandro Cortini has a side project called Modwheelmood. It’s a lighter, less aggressive and electro-based brand of pop that is both soothing and comforting, judging by the leadoff number “Things Will Change”. The album has some edge to it, but tracks such as “Going Nowhere”, generally glide along without many bumps in the road. Assisted by guitarist Pelle Hillstrom, Modwheelmood erects a string of fine musical backdrops which are complex, but not bombastic. However, one noticeable song which seems to be the EP’s black sheep is “As I Stand Here”, a tune better suited for Daniel Bedingfield, Savage Garden or Darren Hayes. The first trace of Reznor influence is with the moody and downbeat “Money For Good”, though it lacks Trent’s trademark angst or intensity. Ending with “Yesterday” (not a Beatles cover) with its Radioheadesque “Creep” guitar trick, Modwheelmood has crafted a decent, atmospheric EP.

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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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