I'm really, really impressed with this album, can't believe they passed me by for so long. Heard them first on Mark Radcliffe's show on 6 Music a couple of months ago and decided to take a chance on an album - so many to choose from ! Chose 'Bravery, Repitition & Noise' because it contained the track I'd heard, 'Open Heart Surgery' and had good reviews. If you're into moody Indie rock with a 60's twist (love the Hammond organ!) and a grainy vocalist (reminded me a little of Sid Barrett) then this is definitely for you. Highlights for me are the afforementioned 'Open Heart Surgery', 'Sailor' and 'You Have Been Disconnected' although I'm struggling to find a track I don't like. I'm now working my way through the rest of their back catalogue (just received 'Strung Out In Heaven' - good, but not as good as this one). So many albums, so little money...Come Down
The Jonestown have been going for almost 20 years now, existing on the periphery of the indie scene, perhaps at times overlooked in favour of lesser artists. This album, however, should be the first purchase for anyone wanting to investigate their sound. Anton Newcombe (founder and main man) has on this album delivered some of his best songs that while retaining the quirky and almost world-weary feel of earlier records, offer tunes and melodies of genuine beauty and heartbreak. Standouts include 'Nevertheless', 'Open Heart Surgery', 'Just For Today' and 'Stolen'. Side two wanes somewhat, but the first side is excellent and includes two of my top three fave tunes by this band. Not as eclectic as some of their earlier and later releases, this will not disappoint music lovers looking for something a bit different and with integrity. More reserved and understated than their mates The Dandy Warhols, The Jonestown here deliver their crowning achievement in my opinion. A decade old, and still I don't get bored with it. Recommended.