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The Lovekill

These Moments Are Momentum

(Astro Magnetics; US: 11 Jul 2006; UK: Available as import)

Mix the Killers, At the Drive In, The Strokes, and a pinch or two of power punk and you have yourself The Lovekill, a lovely little outfit from Cleveland. As Drew Carey said, Cleveland rocks! And The Lovekill does just that with “Palms and Gin”, a rowdy romp that ignites the album into fourth gear within seconds. The song clocks in under three minutes, but you’d be hard pressed to find a song packaging more oomph or urgency. The same can be said for “The Refrain of the Am”, although this one is a tad more winding and tamer. There’s almost a glam rock feeling to some of these songs, as lead singer Chris Rager swaggers through the fine “Sleepover”. Fans of The Bangkok Five would enjoy these songs, although most have a gritty, seedier feeling to them judging by “Heart Wires”. The title track delves into similar musical terrain with some punk-ish riffs and some interesting drum fills but “Complicated Sighs” is a better, polished effort. The last couple of songs seem tired, the lone exception being the garage-y “Nothing Yet” that evolves into something greater and bigger.

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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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