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Tigers & Monkeys

Loose Mouth

(Little Lamb; US: 2007; UK: Unavailable)

Tigers & Monkeys are a well-oiled, tightly knit band that craft quirky yet catchy rock songs that are littered with hand claps and inaudible head bobs, including the short and terribly sweet “Pinata” and the winding “Loose Mouth”, which is a distant cousin of PJ Harvey circa Dance Hall at Louse Point. The band can also do an old-school strolling rock song, as is the case with the swaying “You Know” that has the lead singer channeling Neko Case or the New Pornographers or both. This is followed up with the punchy, gritty, and shimmering “Rave On”. When Tigers & Monkeys stick to their strengths, the album seems to breeze by rapidly. Fans of Spoon would also lap up some of these numbers, especially the lean, pop-by-numbers approach to “Fire Escape”, but things hit a pot hole by the time “Kissing the Boys Goodbye” runs out of gas two-thirds of the way in. Overall, Tigers & Monkeys aren’t too wild except for the garage rock rave up “The Ballad of the Smoking Gun”

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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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