Jessie Jones’ debut solo record is a marked change from her work with psych-punk band Feeding People. Where that band focused on darker images and sounds, Jessie Jones has a bigger contrast between songs, from bright and pop-fuelled jams to quieter psych-influenced numbers.
Right out of the gate, Jones hooks listeners with the über-catchy “Sugar Coated,” whose jangly, acoustic-driven verse gives way to a full-on pop anthem, as Jones demands that we “Kiss the ground that I walk on.” She even dabbles in some klezmer-tinged music on hauntingly beautiful track “La Loba.” The sugary-sweet vocals of the opening track are long gone, replaced with a voice oozing with a darker, sultrier sound. This tune also features some amazing violin that dances all over the track, until it morphs into an almost surf-rock song for the final minute.
Therein lies the greatness of Jessie Jones: every song manages to fit very well together without sounding too similar. Instead of one picture of Jones, we get many different angles, and the composite makes up the image of a single, fascinating artist. (Burger Records)