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Returns the group to masterful pop-country form, where it once again takes possession of that cherished Byrds/Flying Burrito Brothers turf, with a '90s attitude. Mike McDonald's somewhat nasal but richly personal vocals are laced with a vulnerable streak that snaps the lyrics to life. But this session's new secret weapon is background vocalist Bernice Pelletier, who beefs up The Jr. sound with seamless layers of vocal harmony before finally letting loose for a solo pattern on "I'm So Glad."


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Coming out of the same Edmonton scene that spawned punky, power poppy bands like the Pursuit of Happiness and the Wheat Chiefs, ex-Malibu Kens singer/guitarist Mike McDonald formed Jr. Gone Wild in 1983. McDonald, while possessed of the punk-pop ethos, never took himself as seriously as most punks, and on a musical level was more interested in pursuing a deliberately sloppy country-rock fusion inspired by artists such as the (then) deeply unhip Neil Young or Gram Parsons. The name Jr. Gone Wild represented...
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