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Artist: Jay Clark Band

Album: Turning It Up

Genre(s): Rock

 

Track Rating
1.     Turning It Up  ★★★½☆
2.    On My Way  ★★★★☆
3.    Won’t Let You Down  ★★★★☆
4.    Backroads  ★★★★☆
5.     A Storm Is Coming  ★★★½☆
6.   Crank It Up Loud  ★★★☆☆
7.   Coming Back To You  ★★★★☆
8.   Hometown  ★★★★☆

 

If anything, it’s too little of a rock’n’roll album – look how much country and folk influence this one has!

Turning It Up:

Along the lines of Exile on Main Street -it’s not so much the songs as the overall quality of the record itself that seduced me so much. The hooks are solid and this is a good album opener, cuz you know, you should get something epic to open your album occasionally, and here we have an ominous, threatening, aggressive tune.

On My Way:

I think the main factor here is still the vocal delivery; and the fact is, Jay doesn’t have an instantly recognizable voice, but he’s good at assuming somebody’s style and making it his own

Won’t Let You Down:

This is a magnificent piece of Sixties-influenced proto-punk-guitar influenced power-pop boogie!

Backroads:

This song is supposed to be immediately catchy, and if it doesn’t grow on you upon the second listen at max, you probably won’t like it.

A Storm Is Coming:

A nice and creative song and you get pleasant surprises, too, because this starts with an entirely predictable barroom riff and builds up and up through that pretty little Beatlesque touch.

Crank It Up Loud:

Generic this song may be, but the exact melody isn’t something that’s overtly familiar to me, really.

Coming Back to You:

Another opportunity for fans to witness it ain’t that hard to write a good rock’n’roll tune – all it takes is put three chords together so that they sound like one of the myriads of emotional states you occasionally find yourself in.

Hometown:

Lo and behold – here comes a breakthrough. Short and temporary, but still a delightful end to a solid album.

Picks of the album: On My Way. Backroads, Hometown

 Overall rating:  ★★★★★★★★☆☆