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Properties Of Sound (The Nines)

By: Gary "Pig" Gold

OK, it's been over ten years now since fellow Music Truster Bruce "e-Mole" Mowat, I believe it was, slipped some little cassette by The Nines into my back pocket. I still have that tape too --up in Canada somewhere! And I've been virtually monitoring this band's slow but very steady progress since then, culminating in the SO-rightfully-so raves "Properties Of Sound" has been receiving far and very wide.

And why the heck not? I mean, "Melanie" and "Take Time" alone could quickly devour for breakfast ANYTHING off Elton John's most recent comeback efforts, while "Here It Comes" similarly swipes those dern Strokes clear off the sonic map with its artful slab of garage-nurtured P-pop. Speaking of which, "I Would Never" is unashamedly, unapologetically Pete Ham-heavy in its soaring, melodic magnificence, while a song like "Better" should more than appease all you out there still scrabbling for a Raspberries reunion.

Why, even the four back-ending Bonus Cuts are worth their time (especially the Moe Berg-tinged "Orange Blue"!) and if you listen closely, some authentic Northern Ontario crickets and horseflies make themselves heard as well. Yes indeed, there's one great huge preponderance of GOOD SONGS stuffing this wonderful, wonderful disc. I repeat: GOOD SONGS. Please, everyone, take close note of that fact if nothing else!

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