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Sarandon

The Completist's Library

(Happy Happy Birthday to Me; US: 5 Dec 2006)

English trio Sarandon’s latest album is a sweeping 32-track affair compiling the band’s four mini albums. At 32 songs it’s an epic, er, 44-minute album! Yes, these songs barely squeak over a minute and are of the crisp, angular rock variety a la Gang of Four and especially The Futureheads if they learned their craft in a garage. Songs such as “Pin Up” and “Birds” are well-crafted, bouncy, punchy ditties while “Frank” seems to up the ante somewhat with its quirkiness. Singer and guitarist Crayola shines on the frantic and hellacious “Bored” that sounds like a British version of The Hives. As with any 32-track album, there are some miscues such as the aptly titled “Hiccup”, but “Politique” quickly redeems those errors, even if they sing about licking legs and loving oranges. “Mavis” meanwhile resembles an unfinished Arctic Monkeys b-side while “Don’t Say No” is a horn-tinged, fun-filled rave-up romp. Second half gems include “Manky” and “Health” with its precise groove and rat-a-tat-tat drumming. Another sleeper pick is “Kitten” that picks things up again after some rather ordinary tunes while “Angela” could be mistaken for Guided By Voices.

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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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