Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Jealous Sound - A Gentle Reminder ( Burnt Toast 2012)

When the needle hit the grooves on "A Gentle Reminder" it felt like a long lost friend had finally returned home for a much anticipated visit. It's hard to believe that 9 years have past since the release of  The Jealous Sound's last album 2003's "Kill Them With Kindness" and surprisingly the band hasn't really skipped a beat.

Still intact is Blair Shehan's beautiful soft spoken vocal delivery and knack for writing simple vocal hooks and phrases that will get stuck in your head long after the record has been returned to it's sleeve and placed back on the shelf. 

Overall, "A Gentle Reminder" is a very good record that doesn't really contain any surprises but does manage to expand slightly on  Blair Shehan's fairly well worn, but comforting style of song writing that dates all the way back to his previous band Knapsack.

A few notes of interest in closing...A Gentle Reminder was recorded at Dave Grohls  Studio 606 where the Foo Fighters recorded their last Album Wasting Light. Also, ex-Sunny Day Real Estate and current Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel lent his bass playing talents to 8 of the 10 songs on the album.
Dave G.


Purchase (Color vinyl available)

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