Country

June 15, 2012

Album Review: Jason Connelly Band – Leave Your Hat at the Door

jcb pic

Jason Connelly Band is a touch of southern rock, a dash of pop rock flavor, and a phenomenal lead vocalist.  We wrote in our YouTube Gem that JC sounds like Adam Levine of Maroon 5.  On the album his voice doesn’t stand out quite as well as the live gig recordings we heard on YouTube, but they still sound very good.  We think he’s worth your time, particularly fans of southern rock and/or soul.

Fans of vocalists like Amos Lee and James Morrison will find the comfortable melodies of the Jason Connelly Band very welcome.  The music is engaging without being abrasive.  We find it to be bounce worthy, especially “Found You.”  You know what we mean… the kind of Saturday afternoon relaxing music that puts a smile on your face.  It’s love music with great vocals.

The improvisation vocals on “Pretender” vault it into a much different category with a decidedly “pop” sound.  More inspired by jazz and smooth rock than the rest of the album, the track is more of a John Mayer album type than anything resembling southern rock.  Perhaps, though, the fact that the song doesn’t fit as much is an indication of JCB’s versatility rather than a knock on the song.

“Father, Father” is one of the hits off this album for good reason.  JC’s vocals are immaculate.  It’s a gorgeous infusion of soulful southern stylings and just enough pop to make it marketable.  This should, honestly, be a top 40 hit.  It’s in the family of some of Maroon 5’s hits.  The song’s theme features a thankful heart toward family, again a relatable and popular sentiment.  It’s about living your own dreams but always looking back on home.  Yeah, it’s cool.

The minor chords on “Believe” are immediately gripping.  The harmonies make it good.  The theme about a lover who’s moved on… makes it the perfect soul pop track.  “It’s only a moment if you believe.”  This song is about memories, love, and emotion.  It’s raw in a very polished way.  What I mean by that is that it will get to its listener, but it’s the kind of song that will make you reflect on good times and bad.  It’s engaging.

What I like most about this album is that it’s an easy listener.  I put it in the same category as Amos Lee, which is no insult for sure.  Connelly’s vocals are fantastic.  I’m excited to hear him live.  “Father, Father” is by far the best track on the album.  I am pretty partial to the stripped down version with JC and a percussionist, but that said this is a nice “throw in the player and chill” album.



About the Author

Greg
Greg Jones is an avid fan of great harmonies and vocal blending. He mostly writes about acoustic, folk, and roots country artists. You can contact him at eartothegroundmusicblog@gmail.com ATTN: Greg.




 
 

 
Max Gowan album art

Max Gowan – Restless Heaven EP – Acoustic singer-songwriter like John Mayer and Ryan Adams

“Your body is a wonderland”. This solitary lyric is capable of eliciting a range of emotion from pop music wonderment, to eye rolling nausea. One thing that cannot be denied is how catchy – or infectious depending on your...
by Matt Simon
 

 
 
DMP

David Mayfield Parade – Rain on My Parade

We’re huge fans of David Mayfield around here and not just because he’s a proud son of northeast Ohio. He’s also an incredible musician. He’s amazing to hear live. In this clip, check out his versatility...
by admin
 

 
 
jperf

Joe Purdy- Eagle Rock Fire -a grand and organic work of art.

My dad always listened to the country music on the radio.  He said it made him feel like home.  I said, “Dad, did a girl in your youth ever once tell you that your tractor is sexy?”  The answer to that question is no.  ...
by Kate Bee
 

 

 
Adam and I album art

Adam & I – Self titled debut album – Intimate male-female duet feels timeless

This is one of those albums that will make you say “awwww.” It’s full of intimacy, whimsy, delight, joy, and some confrontation. The harmonies are uplifting, the song structures are enticing, and the whole thing just ...
by admin
 

 
 
RunRiverNorth album art

Run River North – Fun and refreshing pop folk music

It’s good to be Run River North. Since forming in 2011, the California folk sextet has built an impressive resume. After filming their own video for the upbeat “Fight to Keep” in the backseats of their modest Honda’s, r...
by Matt Simon
 

 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

* Copy This Password *

* Type Or Paste Password Here *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>