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Nassau

Machines to Paradise

(Outside Music; US: 24 Oct 2006)

Nassau is a Canadian band that could make a name for itself a la Arcade Fire, Stars or Broken Social Scene. But the group relies on a lean, gritty and stellar brand of rock that would do well alongside The Strokes, Spoon and the Velvet Underground on the straightforward “Pounding on the Cave”. Led by brothers Chris and Jon McCann, the band aren’t about creating rich sonic landscapes, but simply getting down to the gist of the rock tunes, tunes that have that primitive, foot-stomping quality about them on “Captain”. There are no lags or filler on this record, which is another plus, although the dreamy “Sleep” does take its time getting off the ground. It’s one of the few aberrations however as “The Water Below” is a punchy pleaser that winds around elementary rock riffs and has color added from some harmonica solos. Nassau also seems to have a slight fascination with early Pink Floyd on “Fairies”, the spacey but gorgeously executed “There Are Birds” that plods along with a heady buildup and continues on “Epic Skeleton” that seems to be the second half of “There Are Birds”. The album’s bombastic number has to be the booming “The Perfect Place” that is great.

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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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