This album is serious step forward for Jesse James. Produced by Ryan Greene (Nofx etc) it sounds bigger and more dense than anything they've done before. The horns are no longer quite as prominent but have become far more complex and effective. Opening song "Six Minutes" stomps straight in like Dexy's Midnight Runners on speed setting a darker tone for the album than the previous "Punk Soul Brothers". Thats not to say that the bands trademark big hooks and choruses are absent. As usual Jesse James have them in truckloads. This album is all still catchy as hell .There's no lighthearted, throwaway lyrics this time round though. "First Day On A Brand New Planet" comes in with a huge melodic horn riff and drops into a downbeat rocking verse building up to big shouty chorus that sticks in your head all day. "Fucked Up Little Kid" , with it's Muse-like guitar riff and instrumental breakdown sees Jesse James maybe experimenting a bit more, and it is easily the stand out song after a few listens. Final song "Dear Jesus" is the real surprise though. An international hit in waiting. With virtually no brass and with a different singer (apparently the trombonist!) it could almost be another band but the energy, wit and sheer catchiness of the song give it away. I can't stop listening to this album. It gets better each time, the songs that weren't immediate favourites will soon grow on you!
Don't Stop Now and *"#""* Little Kid are the stand outs here. Very, very good album, as the rest are. Punk with attitude and brass which enhances and highlights. Great musicianship and vocals. Any lover of quality punk should own and play regularly all the Jesse James output. Guys... Reform!!!!!
This is an amazing album! I don't know why it took me so long to find it. It has barely left my CD player since I got it. It was recorded in San Fransisco in Nofx's studio - and it really has that Fat Wreck production and influence But it's not generic punk. This is also very rock'n'roll, very intelligent and very well played. Every song is different but each one has a great big chorus that sticks in your head. Buy It.