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The Transmissionary Six

Cosmonautical

(Tarnished; US: 11 Mar 2008)

With a website domain name like “Rodeosatellite”, you can probably take a good guess at what The Transmissionary Six brings to the table. Yes, that’s right, spacey alt.country for a start. The dreamy and melodic “Zero Gravity” has a light, airy feeling throughout, sort of like a polished Sparklehorse. Meanwhile “The Dangling Electrified Boy” is a sweet, endearing, Cowboy Junkies-like effort that immediately grabs one’s attention. Just as appealing are more of the pop-oriented tracks like “They Finally Let Me Drive” that recalls a mellow youthful version of Tom Petty. The only flubbed attempt though is during “I Want To Deprogram You”, a song whose title sums up the rather lame arrangement and presentation. The second half comes off as good but a bit disappointing given the quality of the opening songs. Nonetheless, “Your Holland Code” sends off this album strongly.

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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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