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The Papercuts

Can't Go Back

(Gnomonsong; US: 6 Mar 2007)

Jason Quever’s brand of pop is timeless and oh so delightful. The album starts with the cello-tinged “Dear Employee”, which sounds like a West Coast version of Canadian band The Hidden Cameras. It’s slightly hymnal and spiritual, but still rooted in fine pop sensibilities. The songs often have a cinematic, scene-setting quality to them, especially during the “spaghetti” western hue of “John Brown” minus the Clint Eastwood stares. Here Quever changes up the homestretch up a bit, upping the tempo for a stellar conclusion. Everything touches sounds magical, even the dreary and somber “Summer Long”, which makes way for the cheerful but still melancholic and dreamy “Unavailable” that seems to float in the air. One of the sleeper picks has to be the bouncy, Dylan-esque “Take The 227th Exit”. Each song is finely crafted, especially the tender “Outside Looking In”, a cross between Tom Petty and The Rolling Stones in their country rock glory. Another bonus is that there is no filler here. “Sandy” and “Just Another Thing to Dust” sound as fabulous as the initial ditties. A terribly, terribly great album!

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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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