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Nelson Bragg

Day Into Night

(Side B Music; US: 12 Dec 2006; UK: Unavailable)

Nelson Bragg had a hand in the recent Brian Wilson album SMiLE, performing drums on the long-awaited masterpiece. Now Bragg is venturing out from behind the skins to make his own music.  And it has a laid back, summery, California feel offered up with “Forever Days”. The album—split into a “Day” side and a “Night” side—is a bright affair with the light, breezy “Tell Me I’m Wrong” that sounds like Peter & Gordon but “I Dare You (Show Me Love)” seems to be a bit sluggish. The one highlight from the first half is how well and effortless “Dark Sweet Lady” comes off, bringing to mind George Harrison to a certain extent. But a close second is the Beatles-esque, orchestrated “Every Minute of the Day”. Meanwhile the second half begins with the promising, infectious “Death of Caroline” and “Lived This Life Too Long” which is delectable sweet pop. Think of XTC-meets-Brian Wilson and you get the gist of this record.

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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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