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The Meeting Places

Numbered Days

(Words On Music; US: 3 Oct 2006)

Where some groups opt to be loud and punishing in getting your attention, The Meeting Places go for something better. Similar to The Secret Machines in terms of sound and style, the band paint dreamy lyrics against guitar-fuelled rock for gems like “Love Like the Movies”. It sounds like a cross between The Jesus and Mary Chain and The Byrds. Not quite anthems but close, songs such as the deliberate and slow-building “Until It’s Gone” shine and shimmer. Extremely pleasing and passionate, numbers like “Nothing the Same” soar while still maintaining a straightforward arrangement with a few twists and turns. You can also see influences like Echo & The Bunnymen and especially The Cure with the gorgeous “Hall of Fame”, which the band plays close to its vest despite some fantastic guitar weaving. The real juggernaut on the album has to be the stellar soft-and-loud “Sink into Stone” that resembles Thee Heavenly Music Association. It’s hard to choose which is best though after giving the title track a listen or four and also the closing, tension-laced “Cardboard Robot”. A very fine album indeed!

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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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