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The Gomorran Social Aid and Pleasure Club

The Gomorran Social Aid and Pleasure Club

(The Gomorrans Music; US: 2007; UK: Unavailable)

I’m not sure what to make of the Gomorrans, especially when they give you “I’m a Good Woman” to chew on. Here the band blends jazz, Balkan brass, pop, and some Latin touches for an interesting if odd result. Think of the Soundtrack of Our Lives if they were tamer and inspired by tuba players. Meanwhile, “Whiskey Paycheck” is an old-school ragtime-ish ditty that could be mistaken for the Squirrel Nut Zippers. The same can be said for the shuffling, strolling “Not Sleeping” that saunters along, and the high-stepping “Fried Fish” which is probably the album’s true toe-tapper. Some instrumentals are also thrown in, including the alluring “Klangzmeirtong” and the frantic klezmer of “The Westbrook Two-Step”. But these songs are fabulous compared to the tired and stale “The World Has Never Known”.

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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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