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Reviews: J. P. Jones ~ Ashes
Posted on Wednesday, July 04, 2001 @ 04:01:07 UTC
Topic: Reviews
J. P. Jones
Artist: J. P. Jones

CD: Ashes

Home: Rhode Island

Style: Singer/Songwriter

Quote: "Jones' fifth CD showcases his unique, hard-to-pin-down salty, deep vocals. A constant reminder of other legends in the business -- Bob Dylan, the late Townes Van Zandt and the raspy-voiced Pete Case".

J P Jones has got the gift... or make that giftS. The Rhode-Islander has unique vocals, impeccable rhythm and tasty guitar chops along with a true craftsman's songwriting style.

Jones' fifth (not including one reissue) CD showcases his unique, hard-to-pin-down salty, deep vocals -- at least that's what stands out from the start. A constant reminder of other legends in the business -- Bob Dylan, the late Townes Van Zandt and the raspy-voiced Pete Case. Put all those guys together and they sound pretty darned good, actually. He does seem to have a wee bit of difficulty holding the long ones, but for a guy who's been recording since '73 (his first release was an LP), it's pretty impressive, anyway.

Even his guitar work is Dylanesque with his percussive rhythm and and impeccible sense of timing -- again, quite possibly a benefit of experience. Listen to one of the top tunes on the 11-song release, "Reincarnation Blues," a 7:30 second song that goes on more like a folk ballad than the blues.

ASHES is at times intense, at others poignant, but always a bit dark and powerful. Another highlight, which perhaps sums up the entire CD, is cut number two -- " Black and Blue" -- a toe-tappin', percussive folk-blues number...

"Everything around me looks more or less normal. Can't shake the feeling that something's gone horrible. Why am I always the one to feel this sorrow? Everybody living like there's no tomorrow Wake up in the morning, eyelids shakin' Can't get to sleep for all the drugs with all the drugs I'm taking.. ...Gonna dig down deep where all the ashes fell... Take another drag and paint my wagon blue ... I'm black and blue Every day the world gets flatter...gonna bury my soul on a Pentium Platter...

Dark? Mysterious? Haunting? You betcha? Good. Absolutely!!

Artist Website: http://www.jpjones.net/












 
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