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New London Fire

I Sing the Body Holographic

(Eyeball; US: 8 Aug 2006; UK: 9 Sep 2006)

New London Fire get down to brass and synthesized tacks on the poppy “Different”, which sounds like a cross between the Killers’ lighter side and Keane. And it’s this blend of electro rhythms and pop sensibilities that makes the Depeche Mode-influenced “When I Try” and the bass-led title track so darn attractive. When they up the tempo slightly, as they do during the tight, catchy “Someone Like You”, it brings to mind early Robert Palmer revamped for today. And it’s probably the album’s highlight thus far. Just as solid and highbrow is the slightly angular “To Breathe”. Perhaps they perfect this style too well too often, because while “We Don’t Bleed” is fine, it doesn’t quite pack the same oomph or sizzle as earlier ditties. Nor does the sullen, somber “Nadine” shine. In fact, it could have come out of the Simon & Garfunkel songbook. The lean and edgy “You Will Disappear” gets the album back on track, while the closing “Somewhere in Between” resembles an Oasis b-side or a great Embrace cover.

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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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