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The Jet Age

What Did You Do During the War, Daddy?

(Sonic Boomerang; US: 5 Feb 2008; UK: Available as import)

The Jet Age have divided this album into three acts, which is a novel idea. Well, actually a theatrical idea now that I think about it. Regardless, the band is spot on when it comes to delectable power pop that has scads of guitar-driven rock riffs embedded deep within it. “Ladies, Don’t Cry Tonight” is such an example despite beginning rather lightly and folksy. Meanwhile, they don’t drop the ball or abate in intensity with “If I Had You Then I’d Still Want You Now” which brings to mind Ray Davies leading The Kinks in their heyday. The band, led by singer Eric Tischler, also come off smelling like roses with the percussion-heavy “Dance” that contains plenty of fills from drummer Pete Nuwayser. And fortunately, the second act is more of the same beginning with a delicious slice of indie-rock on “Shake” and followed up with the winding, Odds-ish “Dumb”. The consistency here is what makes The Jet Age soar, be it on the lengthy but alluring “False Idols”.

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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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