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Splurge

The Cure for the Cure

(Popboomerang; US: 21 Jul 2007; UK: Available as import)

Melbourne’s Splurge doesn’t splurge so much on big guitar riffs or over-the-top vocals. What they do overdose on is sophisticated pop melodies that have the listener’s attention from the onset. Whether it’s the gorgeous “When I Go to Sleep” with its Crowded House aura and lovable high harmonies or the moodier “Crystalline” that has a bit more bark or bite to it, Splurge seem to hit the mark more often than not. Things reach a greater level of quality with “She’s Not the One” that brings classic Echo & The Bunnymen to mind. Lead singer Greg Williams and guitarist Neville Hill weave some magic again during the slow-building gem “Beautiful” which lives up to its title over the course of nearly five minutes. The first huge clunker though is the Smashmouth-lite “Get Up and Watch TV” that falls flat fast. Mixing a cross between the best of ‘90s Brit-pop with a decent batch of ‘80s stalwarts, Splurge once again shine on “Hey Children” and the equally pretty “Is That You” with its meandering, trippy, retro segments. There’s also a certain Lennon-feel on the closing title track which makes this album a winner.

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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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