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The Bangkok Five

We Love What Kills Us

(Long Live Crime; US: 13 May 2008; UK: Available as import)

Five songs in English, same five done in Spanish makes for a half decent effort. The Bangkok Five try to infuse some pizzazz and sizzle with “Who’s Gonna Take Us Alive?”. The cocky, strutting rock and roll is apparent on the opening title track, “We Love What Kills Us”, which sounds suited for Motley Crue or Poison. The group also keeps this style going with “This One’s for the Haters” with not as much power or punch. Perhaps the hidden gem is the Strokes-ian “Straight Fell Off” that opens as a power ballad before building and building. Another decent affair is the dance-rock of “Pretty Machine”. On the whole it’s good, but couldn’t they go for maybe ten songs and not one in each language? I mean it’s not that difficult, is it?

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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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19 Jun 2006
They might have toured Canada with the Cult, but the Bangkok Five are along the lines of the Strokes and the Killers, making for a string of rousing primal pleasers.
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