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The Jealous Sound

The Jealous Sound: The Jealous SoundThe Jealous Sound (2000)
Better Looking Records

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The Jealous Sound is the new (well, not really anymore) band for Blair Shehan, lead singer/guitarist of Knapsack. Knapsack was one of my favorite bands, but also it was another band that I discovered too late. When I bought their last, great album, they had already broken up. Luckily, Blair has give.
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The Jealous Sound is the new (well, not really anymore) band for Blair Shehan, lead singer/guitarist of Knapsack. Knapsack was one of my favorite bands, but also it was another band that I discovered too late. When I bought their last, great album, they had already broken up. Luckily, Blair has given me (and I'm sure many other fans) a second chance. The Jealous Sound's 5-song EP is nothing short of spectacular. Blair's distinct and intensely emotional vocal style shines over 5 very excellent, yet different songs.

Kicking off with "What's Wrong is Everywhere," the CD starts off with a bang. Once the verse sets in though, there's a substantial dynamic change that reverberates throughtout the entire song. A great opener that retains some of Knapsack's sonic edge.
"Priceless," which is probably my favorite song on the album, isn't as hard, and focuses on Blair's vocals to carry the weight of the song. While the vocal melody is simple, it's still strong enough to do just that.
"Bitter Strings" is another song that's more reserved than what some Knapsack fans may be used to. This one may be the weakest spot on the disc, but it's still a solid song.
"Quiet Life" goes in a direction similar to some songs on This Conversation... where the band used some unexpected instruments, in this case a piano, to provide a lift for a song. This song seems like another ordinary pop song at first, but is surprisingly deeper upon another listen.
"Anxious Arms" caps the CD with a track that's very similar to Knapsack. A bouncy yet dark, emotional rock song.

On their self-titled debut, the Jealous Sound managed to whet my appetite for the many, many things this band is capable of. With a new full-length due in April, I can wait to hear more.

 

 
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Anonymous (January 14, 2003)

I've known about this ep for a while and it's taken me far too long to actually pick it up. Like any adept pirate, I have heard many a good Jealous Sound on the DL (download)...I hope that someday, very soon, they release a full length album. I purchased my ep for 10 dollars; and I hardly think that 2 bux per song is a wise investment. Oh well, it still kicks donkey.

Anonymous (January 12, 2003)

i wasn't overwhelmed by goodness thoughts listening to this the first time and i haven't given it another listen yet. but i like it and look forward to more releases by the jealous sound.
the[]muffin[]girl

drewcifer (January 11, 2003)

"his whispering sounds like he wants to touch your little brother's balls...yet I can't turn away." haha oh dear, definitely in my top ten review comments ever.

Anonymous (January 11, 2003)

i actually like the jealous sound much better than knapsack. the music's been done before, but blair's voice adds a nice twist to it, making it highly enjoyable.

Anonymous (January 11, 2003)

Full length comes out in April.

"He sounds like he wants to touch your little brother's balls" has to be the funniest thing I've EVER heard.

- Painaxl

Anonymous (January 11, 2003)

if you don't like this ep, you should die a horrible death

Anonymous (January 10, 2003)

Scott you suck so much

chimericalburst (January 10, 2003)

when's the full length comin out? i'm dying of anticipation after this tease of an ep!

cburst

Anonymous (January 10, 2003)

This is one of those albums I feel dirty for liking. Shameless emotive, his whispering sounds like he wants to touch your little brother's balls...yet I can't turn away.

Anonymous (January 10, 2003)

This band is so good.

This EP is so good.

I have said more than enough.

maverick (January 10, 2003)

Eh, this EP is okay.

-Scott

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