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It’s a long way to Tipperary, it’s a long way to go… oops, I mean it’s a long way from Alabama to Minnesota. The Rewinds are from Alabama, but they have not one iota of Skynard or any Southern rock in them. Instead, they sound like disciples of The Replacements and/or Soul Asylum judging by the amount of well-crafted pop rock material, as heard in the sweet harmonies of “New Shade Of Red”, but without the urgent, frantic energy. It’s a solid start that sees the song’s throttle open up for the homestretch.  They find that energy later on with the the simultaneously pretty yet brawny “See You In The Underground”. Meanwhile, “Everytime” is a simpler but delectable ditty that sounds like a cross between Franz Ferdinand and Big Star. It’s good, but not great.  Some tracks, like “Ghostriders”, lack that little extra oomph to put them over the edge despite drummer Brooks Marks working triple time, at times. “Fascination” is a mix of Brit pop with California summer sounds, resulting in a rather interesting tune, but the band strikes Midwestern gold with “Sentimental Flaw”, a song that oozes smart, infectious pop rock. The same shall be said for “Voice In My Head” and the slow brewing “Melody” that has a nice, er, melody. Perhaps the surprise, here, is how well “It’s Not The End” turns out: a cross between The Rembrandts and Sloan. And things end with a strolling, Elliott Smith-like “Calling Your Name”.

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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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