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The Big Tease

Paper Symphony

(Tinder Box Music; US: 17 Oct 2006; UK: Available as import)

This band’s six-song EP (five not counting the Panic! at the Disco-ish intro) is okay, but nothing that wouldn’t fall into the aforementioned band’s realm. Thankfully, it’s not as wordy or quirky, and has more power pop during “Casanova”, which is piano-driven in the vein of early Joe Jackson. The horns added to the mix certainly don’t hinder the ditty either. While that song has made the airwaves on NBC’s “Today Show”, other songs such as “On Your Side” pack a far better wallop. Here, they sound like a cross between Soul Asylum and Collective Soul. The band slows things down for the pretty “A Waltz for Natalie”, which has some Beatles hues coloring it, particularly the Harrison-like throwaway guitar accents. Another jewel is the punchy “Fallen Chandelier” with a sweeter than sweet chorus resembling, you guessed it, Matthew Sweet.

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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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