neal jackson

Helpful votes received on reviews: 85% (29 of 34)
Location: nottinghamshire, United Kingdom


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,094,030 - Total Helpful Votes: 29 of 34
Ramshackle Beauty ~ Daniel Wylie
Ramshackle Beauty ~ Daniel Wylie
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I was looking forward to hearing this album.I like the Cosmic Rough Riders (Wylie's former band) and upon reading the CD booklet I discovered that all current members of Scotland's 2nd finest purveyors of harmony-laden power pop play on 'Ramshackle Beauty' (prompting the not very original question of'Er why exactly did you leave Cosmic Rough Riders, Daniel?'). The omens were good but...and you knew there was a 'but' because of the 3 star rating didn't you?
Things start promisingly.The first 3 tracks are catchy power pop songs with hooks.Track 4 'Brighton Beach' however sees the twee quotient cranked up to 11.Similar problems with 'Michael the Butterfly' and 'Blue Velvet Sky'. 'Going… Read more
Didn't It Rain ~ Songs: Ohia
Didn't It Rain ~ Songs: Ohia
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars you are not helpless, 30 Mar 2004
It just goes to show that you really ought to pay more attention to's recommendations. Songs:Ohia was suggested on my recommendations page. I had never heard of them or Jason Molina.Now my world's a much happier place thanks to this wonderfully bleak album.
The tempo throughout is funereal and the word 'blue' appears in the titles of 3 out of the 7 tracks as if to reinforce that what you are about to listen to cannot under any circumstances be described as pop music.I've read reviews which compare Jason Molina to Neil Young but I can't hear the similarities myself.However Molina does have the Youngian knack of writing songs which meander nowhere (not very) fast and yet… Read more
Everybody Loves a Winner ~ Jeff Klein
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Another week and I discover another American miserablist songwriter. Unlike some others of his kind however Jeff Klein deserves your immediate attention. This is a top-notch effort,dominated by Klein's rasp of a voice and a seriously depressed world-view.
Most of the songs are slow/medium tempo and several have very sparse musical accompaniment. The only uptempo number, 'Another Breakdown',still cannot be called 'upbeat'- Klein wishes that "they'd come and put me away".His voice is at its most Tom Waits-ish on this track.The opener,'Everything Is Alright' sets the tone for the rest of the album - Klein sings about a partner who's "been writing out your suicide note since you were… Read more

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