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Sisters Euclid

Run Neil Run

(Northern Blues; US: 29 Aug 2006; UK: 24 Apr 2006)

You’ve probably heard Neil Young muzak-ized at some shopping centre in your life. Fortunately, Sisters Euclid do much more than water down Young’s tunes. Featuring instrumentals versions of some of the singer’s best, the group opens “Southern Man” with a brief amount of “Dixieland” before guitarist Kevin Breit makes his mark on this adventurous jam-oriented rock jazz homage. The effort brings to mind something Oysterhead might attempt. “Helpless” is given more of a soulful, rhythm and blues angle with the desired results as it breaks out two minutes in. The looseness of some songs invites the other talents here in, especially bassist Ian De Souza and keyboardist Rob Gusevs for the light, breezy, reggae-tinged “Love Is a Rose”. An early highlight is the gorgeous and soothing “Harvest Moon”, which is taken down three or four gears from the original. Here Breit’s playing is easily on par with David Gilmour or Mark Knopfler. “Ohio” primarily stays true to the original with some extended jams. “Needle and the Damage Done” isn’t bad either. After a lackluster “Cinnamon Girl”, Sisters Euclid redeems themselves with a pretty, percussion-led “Heart of Gold”.

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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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