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Skye

Mind How You Go

(Cordless Recordings; US: 22 Aug 2006; UK: 31 Jul 2006)

Review [25.Sep.2006]

Skye was Morcheeba to some people, so it should come as no surprise that her solo album tends to stay with part of her past while branching out into her own with her own written material. Working with Daniel Lanois, Skye managed to mix the best of both worlds here judging by the gorgeous and soothing “Love Show” that is part urban and part adult contemporary, making for a rich, fluid ditty. Another little nugget is the melancholic “Stop Complaining” with her precious vocals supported with a bit of jungle and electronica. Sultry and oh so sexy, Skye’s style makes even the simpler songs like the roots-y, organic “Solitary” soar with the slightest of ease. You can also hear traces of Bjork and Sade in a few efforts, especially on the light, soul-tinged “Calling”. There are a few songs screaming for radio play including the slightly up-tempo “What’s Wrong With Me?” that has her repeating a line about not thinking about the rain. Other highlights include the sensual and uplifting “Tell Me About Your Day” which describes a happier time in New Orleans during St. Patrick’s Day. Quality from start to finish, Skye gives the murky, orchestral “Powerful” a powerful, airy delivery that would put Dido and Sarah McLachlan to shame while the hymnal-esque “Jamaica Days” sounds like she has Ladysmith Black Mambazo backing her.

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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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