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The Furious Seasons

The Furious Seasons

(The Eskimo Record Label; US: 11 Mar 2008; UK: Available as import)

Following a line of underrated (but critically acclaimed) acts like The Go-Betweens and Crowded House is The Furious Seasons. Having toiled at their craft for decades in bands such as Pop Art and Smart Brown Handbag, Jeff and David Steinhart offer up some very smart, highbrow melodic pop beginning with the delectable tune “The Upside” and the equally tender “Put It Down”. The songs are very soft but draw one in without any hesitation, bringing to mind the likes of Michael Penn or The Connells to a lesser extent. The group slightly increases the tempo with “So Long Great City” with its murky guitar work and almost criminally sweet harmonies mindful of Canadian band The Odds (now back as The New Odds). It’s difficult to pick one gem, but standouts include the gentle, slow-building “Back to This Side” which glides along perfectly. At times the band brings an acoustic, folksy-leaning Elvis Costello to mind, particularly during “Backseat Driving”. But throughout it all, The Furious Seasons are adept at crafting timeless melodic pop such as “Suitable Love” and “A Big Chunk of Change”.

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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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