Label: Mint Records Released: 21/04/09 YEAH!  WHOO! Slap your thigh and grab your best smile for some good new fashioned rockin’ indie pop.  The Canadian five-some have absolutely no qualms about sticking with proven song-writing tricks, catchy melodies and understated instrumentation, and it is definitely to their credit. Un-pretentious and a real grower, High on Jackson Hill is a curiously assured forty odd minutes of mid-tempo, bluesy rock delight. Starting with foundations, Immaculate Machine absolutely nails the guitar sound that forms the bed-rock of anything remotely bluesy or rock orientated.  Guitarists and low-gain distortion aficionados the world over will very quickly appreciate just how spot on the crunch that permeates this offering is; it might not be constantly obvious, but get this running through some nice floor speakers and you will nod sagely at the satisfyingly retro production.  If it sounds like an overly-specific analysis, bear with, for Immaculate Machine are a band that obviously pride themselves on solid preparation and on aligning themselves with a proud genre tradition. On first listen, I.M. might sound like the passive bastard love-child of Arcade Fire, Modest Mouse, and in a hitherto unprecedented variation on normative reproduction, Les Savy Favs also.  However, on closer inspection, we find here a more unique heritage, that aptly supports the catchy, individual stylings of a slightly quirky and obviously very intelligent bunch of Canadians. Unfortunately , in the long run, the classic feel of this album is the one thing that holds it back.  When the gang vocals of ‘Sound the Alarms’ proclaim: ‘bad luck, my generation; good ideas have all been taken’ it feels perilously close to home.  The album’s mid-section becomes slightly limp in terms of both pace and variety, but in truth this says more about the quality of the opening and closing segments than it does of the quality of those weaker songs. However, the really quite varied vocal talents of Brooke Gallupe and Kathryn Calder do mix things up, and in ranging from strangled, passionate yelps to sweet, morose croonings contribute to much of the band’s charm.  Wit, artful use of dynamics and a knack for good hooks are sound constituents, and even when you factor in a lack of much that is really new or ambitious, High on Jackson Hill certainly adds up to more than the sum of its parts. Rating: 7/10