on 18 February 2003
finally got hold of the new jets to brazil album - perfecting loneliness. slated by most reviewers as a sappy depature from jawbreaker [..get over it, its a new band] or their crunching debut orange rhyming dictionary, complaints are that its not just hardcore enough. ['i can't rock out dude!', hmm...i can't keep up with the kids, obviously]. four cornered night was a personal favourite of mine for this very departure. blake seemed to have mellowed out utilising his piano playing to capture a optimistic mood. as a melody sucking pop whore i found this a good thing. so on that note, perfecting loneliness is yet another great departure. here jtb appear to have harnessed their sound, nailing 12 convincing songs on a brilliantly laid back melodic album. dont know what is it is about their sound, but jtb just enthrall me. get drawn in on each listen, subtle nuances in arrangement, certain hooks, chord changes or blake's tone just make me want to yell. loud. but dont as i will be accused of rocking out. dude.
on 16 October 2004
This 2002 vintage holds a blend of crisp and mellow tangs echoed by a wonderful aftertaste urging another refill. Mainly slower tempo tracks, some wonderful gentle vocals, with melancholy tunes meandering through life's passages. Lyrical moving moments combined with a blend of the familiar styles make this very listenable. The Cold Play like style, interesting production work and fine lyrics make this one addictive for me. Oh, and a fine bouquet.