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J Church: One MississippiOne Mississippi (2000)
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One of the most prolific bands to come from the bay area has done it again. This time with One Mississippi. This is their first proper recording since 1996's The Drama of Alienation. And not wanting to dissapoint their fans, they loaded this album down with 26 songs, And 26 great songs I might add. .
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One of the most prolific bands to come from the bay area has done it again. This time with One Mississippi. This is their first proper recording since 1996's The Drama of Alienation. And not wanting to dissapoint their fans, they loaded this album down with 26 songs, And 26 great songs I might add. Full of poppy melodies and even some elements of surf rock in there. I believe this is "true" pop punk and out of the countless bands who are pop punk and call themselves so, this band seems to stick out first in my mind. Very talented, Great songwriting, almost emo in a way here. You don't see a proper album from these guys very often, so this was a great blessing to me. I immediatley went out and bought it, because almost 5 years is a long time to go with no new J Church. If you haven't heard this band, and your expecting them to sound like typical pop punk, think again. This is far from any kind you would hear today. J Church are a very, very unique band in the fact that they sound like no one else. I think this album should suffice until their next proper full length around the year 2010 sometime. I really recommend this band to anyone punk or not. I think it will appeal to you in some way. But then again you might totally hate it. Anyway, Give this album a listen. Check out The Drama of Alienation also on Honest Dons.

 

 
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exilesamongyouyouyou (April 5, 2012)

I can't believe that it took me so long to find out about this band. Lance is an amazing songwriter and lyricist and it's crazy that he's gone. There's nothing quite like this in the punk scene today - nothing this genuine, nothing with his ability to capture the hard to capture moments of life. This album, in particular, leaves me speechless every time I listen to it. RIP Lance.

meitang (October 24, 2010)

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Maks (November 8, 2008)

i re-comment this to post lance's comment about this record.. it's really an amazing record but a little hard to listen as a whole in one time, so i found this pretty interesting (for whom has the cd version obviously)

Here’s Lance’s comments:

“If you bought One Mississippi on CD, I feel a little obligated to give you some sort of instructions or at least some kind of disclaimer. You see, we really meant for this album to be a double album. The way this record works is particular to that format. Sitting through 26 straight songs of the same band just isn’t natural. One Mississippi is meant to be listened to in little 20 minute blocks. I don’t mean to get too pretentious, but each side has it’s own… uh… “personality” and flows as such. From No Jazz to Your Mother is one side. Try to listen to it like it’s one thing. Next time, listen to She Says through I Reach For Her Hand. Part 3 is The Doctor through The Devil And I. Finally, the last section is Rich And Young And Dumb through Stars Are Exploding.

“Now, I could say something really stupid, like “each side is a different season” or “each compartment represents an age in the author’s life” or some other bullshit to justify this. No, it’s four separate “sets”, if you will, and the songs were selected in the same way we put together a set to perform live. Each side is it’s own entity. That was the intention, I guess.”

The samples in Stars Are Exploding are from the Conet Project, a multi-CD set of intercepted recordings of ‘number stations’ - shortwave radio transmissions from around the world that are reputedly run by various intelligence agencies. For more information visit the Conet Project home page and/or this informative review of the CDs.

skankbook (April 20, 2008)

The crazy thing is I waited so long to pick this up. The lyrics and music are great. What an awesome band.

misterspike (October 28, 2007)

The crazy thing is that Lance is Gone. R.I.P.

Maks (August 14, 2006)

the crazy thing is that this review has only one comment. great Band.

Anonymous (July 12, 2001)

The crazy thing is even with 26 songs, there were still two b-sides from this record(closing time in an early town on their new 7 inch, and palm tree, soon to be released on a new disorder records comp).

With the addition of ex-jawbreaker Adam Pfahler to the drums, this album is a masterpiece in terms of music in general not just the bowels of punk rock. The lyrics are amazing and even if you hate the music, read the lyrics and buy it for them alone.

With 26 songs, theirs musical genius and inventiveness everywhere while still retaining the pace and melody that J Church is known for.

A bit hard to listen to all at one sitting, so give each section its own time.

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