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Rope, Inc.

Songs of Love & War

(Second Shimmy; US: 13 Mar 2007; UK: Available as import)

The tandem of Matt Menovcik and Kramer has created this rather abstract, ambient, and interesting collection of songs. Not quite electronica, but with enough textures to make songs such as “Believe” come to life rather quickly. Think of Moby circa “Porcelain”, or perhaps a more obscure band like No-Man, and you’ll get the idea. In fact, the music is so seamless one doesn’t even notice that “Promise” has begun, another charming, reflective tune. That doesn’t mean everything turns to gold here, with “Strange” being a strange affair resembling a b-side from Nine Inch Nails. However, Rope, Inc. comes back to life with the Depeche Mode-ish “Hold”. Another strong effort is the hushed duet during “Escape”, bringing to mind Dido fronting Portishead. The often raspy delivery might be an acquired taste for some, but “Circumstance” and the carnival-tinged “Stay” are well worth it. Even the eerie, haunting “Unknown”, with its Gregorian-like hues that evoke memories of Enigma, is a keeper.

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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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