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Prenup

Hell To Pay

(Yep Roc; US: 4 Sep 2007; UK: Available as import)

Take two members of the Hothouse Flowers and the former chanteuse from The Pogues and what do you have? Well, aside from a trio of talented musicians is a band consisting of three divorcees, Prenup. And fortunately for the listener, there is a definite chemistry going on from the opening notes of the warm, roots-y “Suckerpunched”, to the singer-songwriter, Americana approach of “Leave it All Behind” and the equally stellar “Ace of Hearts”. When Prenup slow things down, as they do with the Stones-y country rock “Cold Wind”, it’s another keeper. But for the most part this album is brimming with catchy pop rock like “Say Goodbye” and the smart, Crowded House-like “Technicolor”. The same style is also apparent on “Man, Woman and Child”. Most of the songs come off without a hitch as Fiachna O Braonain takes over all the lead vocals with Cait O’Riordan and Dave Clarke providing sweet harmonies for “Wedding Ring”.

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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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