our score: 2.5 out of 5.0
Well, at least
sound like faint praise -- okay, yes it is. But this album is
quite good considering that this band shouldn't even theoretically
be around anymore; "Right Here, Right Now" came out
eleven years ago, for god's sake. A lot of groups might
have packed it in by now, or changed their whole approach, or
disbanded or jumped off a bridge or something -- but Jesus Jones
is still dancing with the same pop-rock-dance sound that brung
'em to the dance, and you have to admire that.
is never going to be included in the list of rock's most exciting
songwriters, but he's still got a nice way with a tune and some
clever lyrics ("All these remotes but I'm not in control")
to go along with the iffy ones ("Are you jealous / Still
super-zealous? / Do you miss it / Or kiss and dismiss it?").
The booklet says that these songs were "made under the influence"
of groups ranging from Mull Historical Society (sure) to Slipknot
(no way) to Foo Fighters (oh yeah) to Oxide + Neutrino (come off
it). But it's clear that Mike has in fact been paying attention:
the songs are diverse, lively, and fun.
head's in the right place. These songs attack modern loneliness
("Hello Neon!", "Half Up the Hill"), war-mongering
("The Rocket Ships of La Jolla"), and the way we live
our lives ("Nowhere Slow," which contains the great
image, "I saw the apocalypse / Swinging its hips").
You might want to give JJ a chance; unlike a lot of other bands
around today, at least they're trying, and succeeding more often
26-Aug-2002 3:25 PM
3. Rocket Ships of la Jolla
4. Asleep on the Motorway
5. Hello Neon!
6. D Team
7. Half Up the Hill
8. Princesss of My Heart
9. Getaway Car
10. To Get There
11. Nowhere Slow
12. In the Face of All This