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The Little Heroes

Cinematic Americana

(Wednesday; US: 20 Mar 2007; UK: Unavailable)

Review [25.Jun.2007]

The Little Heroes have taken big steps with this album. While most would place it in the category of Americana, there’s a highbrow pop feel throughout—despite the fact a song like “Flight Plans for Airplanes” sounds like a polished version of The Cash Brothers as some orchestral touches begin to appear. From that moment on, the band keeps the level of high quality from falling with the tight, Petty-esque “September Falls” and “Teeth” that also has a trace of Goo Goo Dolls-meets-Gin Blossoms in it to boot. The band’s rock element is quite apparent on the gorgeous, shimmering “New End Game” that has a definite Replacements-ish bounce in its step, at times letting the guitars lead the way with the vocals and drums trying their best to play catch up. Perhaps the biggest surprise is how well they pull off the epic-like Coldplay or Snow Patrol-inspired “Come On” and “Made You”. However, things level out a bit with the rather ordinary but pretty pop ditty “Bridges and Tunnels” but “Don’t Stop” gets things back up to a Midwestern rock snuff.

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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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