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Posted on Wednesday, July 04, 2001 @ 04:05:07 UTC
Artist: J. P. Jones
CD: Back to Jerusalem
Home: Rhode Island
Quote: "JP's down-pat rhythm on guitar is Dylanesque and sometimes
even his voice sounds a bit like Ol' Zimmy..."
When he left us last, JP Jones had just completed "Ashes," and now
the prolific Rhode Island singer-songwriter has returned with his fifth compilation
in three years.
This 12-song CD centers around excellent production, lyrics, guitar and backup/supporting
vocals. JP's down-pat rhythm on guitar is Dylanesque and sometimes even his
voice sounds a bit like Ol' Zimmy...but....
That's perhaps the one shortfall of this cd. JP's voice wobbles and cracks at
times, but what's right with this CD makes up for any shortcomings:
* Backup/supporting vocals -- Barb Schloff Arrieta, Maria Sangiolo, Adele Tarkowski
and Swami Shivananda Saasvati. A tad cheesy sounding sometimes, but overall
quite pretty and well-done. Best examples "Red Hot Blue," In My Own
Sweet Time" and "Fancy Guy."
* Guitar work -- good throughout; best examples "Red Hot Blue" and
"Works For Me." The instrument really screams on "Under That
Baoboab Tree," but it's a tad overdone there. Mike Barrett and Lloyd Salisbury
handle those guitar chores admirably.
* Dylanesque beat -- "Works For Me," is the best sample of that. It's
reminiscent of something from Dylan's own "Slow Train Coming."
* Lyrics -- the first two cuts (excluding the 30-second intro), but just one
sample here, from the title track: "...sex, success, satisfaction -- hey,
bingo! callin' down heaven in a satellite dish a wicked generation seekin' signs
and signals had to get out of town before they got their wish back to Jerusalem in the rain guess it was a blessing when I missed that train,
walkin' back to Jerusalem sure but slow me and Augustus and Marilyn Monroe..."
And maybe the final tune ("Fancy Guy") which is a bit hopeful and
straight from the heart, puts JP all together again and gives the CD a great
closing tune with all the ingredients well mixed.
Overall, another good effort
Artist Website: www.jpjones.net
(Vision Company Records)
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