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CD REVIEW: Furious Jones - Bread & Circuses

by: Cyrus Rhodes



"Furious Jones Rocks the House"






Artist: Furious Jones

Album: Bread & Circuses

Label: Tinderbox Music

Website: http://www.furiousjonesmusic.com/

Genre: Alternative Rock, Classic Rock, Jam Band

Sounds Like: Led Zeppelin, The White Stripes, Violent Femmes (on steroids), Jed, Weezer, Beck, Elliott Smith

Technical Grade: 9/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 10/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Song: Let Me Down, Title Track, Lovin’ Bridge, Lovin' Hold, What it Takes

Weakness: More solo Segments, Short Sided CD




2 piece (husband and Wife) Furious Jones is Tom Smith on custom classical guitar and Sarah Smith on drums. Since forming in spring 2011 they’ve played from the West Coast to Nashville TN.; began working with Tinderbox Music and received nationwide airplay on college radio for their first E.P. “Bully”; signed T.V. licensing contracts with Discovery Network, MTV, and Viacom; recorded an instrumental album and signed another T.V. licensing contract with Nascar and they have recently finished producing their first full length album “Bread & Circuses” (August 2013).


The CD kicks things off with “Never”  a slamming rock groove ditty that serves up rocking guitars, driving rock rhythm against no holds barred vocal delivery and clever lyrical content. Track 2 “the title track shifts gears a bit with heartfelt vocal delivery meshed with rocking guitar driven groove that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. Track 3 Let Me Down” keeps things moving with its dynamic guitar ambience, impressive vocal feel and compelling melody and lyrical content.  As the CD quickly unfolds I can hear influences ranging from Violent Femmes, Jed, Beck, to Elliot  Smith, and Cake. Other comparables to me: The White Stripes, Led Zeppelin, Weezer, Foghat and Jane’s Addiction. The music has everything you would expect from a melodic guitar driven Alternative Rock CD. The vocals are effective, melodic and straight forward. The acoustic guitar playing is conservative yet hot to the touch. There are also touches of Classic Jam band but with a 70’s Psychedelic-Rock flair. Smith’s vocal style is intoxication and works extremely well with this style of music. I might add his timing is spot on and his vocal intensity strives to not try to hard – dead in the pocket. Rhythm section - lays down the low end groove thick as a brick. What I like most about the music is its sheer easy going groove and song for song vibe. Tom Smith pulls off his unique vocal style well and keep reminds me of Robert Plant. All engineering aspects check out. CD possesses think low end punch and crystal clear high end clarity. The vocal harmonies are well placed and effective. By track 5 the CD hits solid stride dishing out many impressive songs in a row. By track 3 you are sold. This latest CD from Furious Jones delivers 9 tracks all providing an interesting snapshot of an amazing artist with thought provoking lyrical wisdom with messages that are entertaining, passionate and extremely laid back and comical. From grooving “In a Corner” to rocking “Lovin’ Hold” to heartfelt "Do it Wrong" to jumping "What It Takes" iand melodic "Get it Together" this CD pretty much has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 9 “CooKoo Song” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.  


I wish there were more solo segments present throughout the CD to mix things up a bit. CD is a bit short with just 9 tracks to chew on. Perhaps 2-3 more tracks are needed to make this a fully loaded CD release.


This latest release from Furious Jones is a red hot rock statement from start to finish. It's strength – the conservative, strong song for song consistency and impressive songwriting touch that keeps coming at you. There’s not a weak song on this entire catalogue period! The musicianship is first rate, the songs are short and sweet musical experiences and Witt is an infectious artists who is a master at satirical humor through music. Let me go on record by saying this is one of the best CD's to slide across my desk this year. Furious Jones is comparable to the Violent Femmes on Steroids. Each song possesses a unique personality, flair, and signature groove - vintage Furious Jones. The music is rock solid, grooving and will get you jumping. What am I trying to say? Furious Jones rocks the house that’s what!


Cyrus Rhodes