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Patience Please

Fleeting Frequencies

(Happy Happy Birthday To Me; US: 28 Aug 2007; UK: Unavailable)

Seattle band Patience Please has very little patience when it concerns lengthy, expansive rock songs. These tunes are crisp, short, almost terribly curt but terribly sweet at the same time. It’s an album that runs just under 30 minutes but is an enjoyable power-pop romp with nuggets like “Blue Line” and the catchy “You’re it, I Quit” which brings to mind a slightly more textured Bishop Allen. Although the earnest delivery can be a bit much to take at times, the melodies and musicianship atones for this on “If You’re Sure” which could have been swiped from The Connells at some point. Grin-inducing moments are aplenty with the mid-tempo and yet sullen “Exclusively Windermere” that brings Soul Asylum to mind while “Science Credits” has an angular feeling a la They Might Be Giants.

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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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