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CD REVIEW: Jiggley Jones - A Mountain, A Struggle, A Tunnel, A Light (EP)

by: Cyrus Rhodes

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Artist: Jiggley Jones
Album: A Mountain, A Struggle, A Tunnel, A Light (EP)
Label: Lamon Records
Website:
http://jiggleyjones.com/wordpress/

Genre: Adult Alternative, Singer-Songwriter, Folk
Sounds Like: Blind Melon, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, The Civil Wars
Technical Grade: 7/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 7/10
Commercial Value: 7/10
Overall Talent Level: 7/10
Songwriting Skills: 7/10
Performance Skill: 7/10
Best Songs: Hope in a Bottle, Look What I Found, Nothing So Natural
Weakness: Winded Songs, Vocal Intensity, More solo segments

 

EP REVIEW:

 

Pennsylvania based Singer/Songwriter Jiggley Jones just released his EP “A Mountain, A Struggle, A Tunnel, A Light.” When speaking about his artist, label president Dave Moody states that, “his songwriting is relevant and fresh, and he has a vocal style all his own.” Reiterating that same sentiment manager Michael Stover continues by saying “Jiggley has that one-of-a-kind sound…his songs will touch you and move you with their beautiful lyrics and melodic strength.” Two great descriptions that encompass the musical attitude of his Lamon Records Nashville debut release titled “A Mountain, A Struggle, A Tunnel, A Light.”

 

The EP gently takes flight with “Early Morning Light” a soothing acoustic lullaby that gradually builds into a impassioned ballad complete with catchy vocal melody and a grand slam chorus. This intro track sets the tone rather well for this CD, with its feel good groove and passionate musical vibe. Track 2 “Hope in a Bottle” dishes out yet another impressive track with its steady flowing rhythm, and heartfelt vocal melody from Jones against his infectious vocal persona. Track 3 “Look What I found” serves up yet another interesting track with hypnotic lyrical content, strong melodies and impressive vocal flair again from Jones. As the EP slowly unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of classic Blind Mellon, Counting Crows and even a dash of Bob Dylan to The Civil Wars. I would classify this music as acoustic alt rock, with a slight aftertaste of alternative folk and sadcore. The songs themselves are addictive, and interesting, complete with passionate and powerful subject matter and lyrical content. The musicianship of this band is pretty solid across the board. The players themselves write and play there parts extremely well. Besides the 4 piece standard you will also notice things like impressive solo guitar, Hammond Organ, piano, well placed drums and lush harmonies layered along the way. Equally as impressive is the vocal presence of Jones as he takes many vocal risks throughout the CD indicating to me a strong, confident  vocal ability. His voice sounds in the vein of Shannon Hoon (Blind Melon) and perhaps a dash of David Bowie. All engineering aspects check out. EP Possesses solid low end punch and crystal clear high end clarity.  All songs are short and sweet musical experiences, never too winded, never to short. The EP Ends with Track 6 “Walk on Me” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.

 

All songs over 3.5 minutes drag you to the finish line. I don’t care for the snare drum tonality on Track 2. I wish there were more solo segments throughout the 6 Track EP.  If could say anything to Jones right now - it would be step back from the mic a bit on some of the slower parts, find that emotional pocket and ride down the intensity a bit. I really like the voice, the passion and the raw intensity from Jones, but it’s safe to say he comes on way to strong across the board. At times his baritone cuts like a knife. All songs over 4 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. 

 

In close ‘A Mountain, A Struggle, A Tunnel, A Light” EP by Jiggley Jones is a highly original and compelling musical production from start to finish. It’s strong suit – its amazing vocal presence from Jones. The songs are extremely melodic, passionate, and somewhat powerful and very real. The songs are short and sweet musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair, & signature groove. Last but not least Jiggley Jones an amazing voice and Is an extremely capable songwriter.

 

Cyrus Rhodes

 

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