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Sneaky Thieves

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Consisting of two sets of brothers from Seattle, Sneaky Thieves commence this album with a quasi-hymnal instrumental aptly titled “Elegy”. At times eerie, the group delves into “With a Smile in a Suit” that is a cross between Death Cab For Cutie and Canadian group The Rheostatics—a quirky, meandering track that still manages to draw one in. There’s nothing breathtaking or spectacular about this record, just a general understanding that the group knows what it wants to do, and to do it well. Think of Robert Plant’s softer moments on recent releases and you get the gist of songs such as “Quiet”. Quiet describes several of the songs here, a restrained and deliberate string of efforts such as “Old Tired Joke” that brings to mind Radiohead, as well as the somber, piano-fuelled “Across the Field”. The prettiest of the lot here has to be “The Discarded”, which has a great male-female duet and harmony accented with strings. “The Din” is another nugget that sounds like a group recording at home, hoping nobody comes down the basement steps to screw things up. And it’s this hushed tone that colors “Coughing” and “Forgotten”, the latter evolving into a large, Arcade Fire-lite pattern.

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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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