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Review: Mississippi Jones, “Unreleased”

No Comments 30 November 2014

Review: Mississippi Jones, “Unreleased”

“The bones of the material and the talent is clearly there, and that’s perhaps what makes Unreleased such a charming album. There’s nothing pretentious or cold about this duo, and their soulful delivery makes this an album that’s well worth the payoff of listening to more than once.”

Artist: Mississippi Jones

Album: Unreleased

Genre: Electronic Soul Pop

RIYL: Eurythmics, Rachael Yamagata, Fiona Apple

Mississippi Jones Unreleased

Before I settled in to write this review, I had listened to short bits of samples that piqued my interest enough to give it more lengthy consideration. But, admittedly, I really didn’t understand the depth of the payoff received after listening to Unreleased in its entirety. Mississippi Jones is an electronic duo that possesses an interesting mix of soulful melody and forward-reaching sound.

What springs out of the background with immediacy is the strength of the vocals by keyboard player Mississippi, who is the heart and very soulful center of this album. J@$ works a little more with the textures and arrangement in the background while producing, programming and playing the rest of the instruments on Unreleased. This feels like DIY music making at its core in its most positive form; the album feels clean, melodic and well-designed without sounding overproduced and suffering from a lack of grit and soul, a pitfall that plagues many a primarily-electronic artist.

The record starts off strongly with “Prynne” and “Committed,” two standouts that show off the very soulful well that Mississippi sings from. “Love in the Possessive” continues that trend, and shows off another angle to the sometimes peculiar arrangement and lyricism of this duo. Another wonderful track is “Easily Replaced,” an unconventional and interestingly unpredictable ride from start to finish. “Heart” and “Different Kind of Love” also take turns highlighting strong melodies as well as the duo’s ability to experiment with different instrumentation to complement the unique quality of Mississippi’s vocals.

This feels like a great deal of very successful experimentation combined with smart, simple arrangement, and I found myself actually listening to Mississippi flex her creative muscles and reach for something beyond herself. This is the definition of a duo that has “potential” to push themselves even further on future releases. The bones of the material and the talent is clearly there, and that’s perhaps what makes Unreleased such a charming album. There’s nothing pretentious or cold about this duo, and their soulful delivery makes this an album that’s well worth the payoff of listening to more than once.


Mississippi Jones’ website: http://mississippijones.com/

 

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