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Reviews: J. P. Jones ~ Back to Jerusalem
Posted on Wednesday, July 04, 2001 @ 04:05:07 UTC
Topic: Reviews
JP Jones
Artist: J. P. Jones

CD: Back to Jerusalem

Home: Rhode Island

Style: Singer/Songwriter

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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