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Reviews: J P Jones ~ Jeremiah|
Posted on Saturday, June 12, 2004 @ 08:48:27 UTC
Artist: JP Jones
Home: Rhode Island
Style: Folk Singer/Songwriter
Quote: "Although recorded in a one-bedroom apartment in the tiniest state in the Union with a mininmal amount of equipment, Jeremiah is something huge."
By Les Reynolds
Although recorded in a one-bedroom apartment in the tiniest state in the Union with a mininmal amount of equipment, Jeremiah is something huge.
Even his name is short and simple, yet JP Jones has been writing clever and sometimes complex lyrics for many years. He just keeps producing as if answering to something much bigger than himself.
Yes, this is the same guy who brought us "Back to Jerusalem" and "Life and Death" and a host of other releases prior to that. This is the same guy whose sometimes unsteady voice sounds more like Dylan all the time, yet he's totally understandable, never garbled or mumbling.
JP's forte seems to be something we could call earthy spiritualism. He divulges his own powerfully felt beliefs while at the same time writing in such a way as to make you feel you have a choice to believe it or not. No matter how or what he writes about, JP almost always seems to be looking to or at the big picture or the grand scheme of things. He certainly seems to be no stranger to the spiritual side of life.
This bare bones CD carries on his traditions and reveals it all. Of the dozen entries on the song list (the closer being a spoken word recording from 1987 entitled "Abu"), there is but one cover, that of the traditional "So Early in the Spring." It's kind of ironic, however, that as clever as JP is with his lyrics, this is one of the best tunes on the CD with its simple driving acoustic energy and passion.
There's very little to write home about where musical arrangements are concerned. JP does get a wee bit adventurous on track five (the contemplative and slow moving "Still Life") and succeeds somewhat with an acoustic slide riff here and there.
Where J P truly shines is in his writing. Take "Prophet in His Prime" for instance:
Everything about me
Don't remember asking
For this job
When I got the call
It sounded serious
Who am I for
And, from the title track:
Jeremiah was a prophet
He was called by god hisself
Preachin' in the heartland
Sayin' "Come on back to yourself"
Isaiah, he say to Jerry
'Son, wha do you intendin' to?
Makin' all them predictions
What if one of em should come true?
... They kicked him out in Needles
They had enough of his crazy talk
If he knew God's mind so well, well
Then he could get out and walk ...
JP has a real gift of being able to use the English language to make the reader/listener think. And feel. After all, isn't that what songwriting is truly all about?
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