Brian Jones - Seriously (Cover Artwork)

Brian Jones

Brian Jones: SeriouslySeriously (2004)
Math Lab

Reviewer Rating: 2.5
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Contributed by: Matt_WhelihanMatt Whelihan
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Seriously Brian, this could have been a good album. "This Is What It Sounds Like" is a great opener. It reminds me of bands like Queens Of The Stone Age who show that rock can still be credible. "Mother ??04" and "One Title Of Your Choice" aren't so bad either; in fact, they remind me of Sparta's better moments.

Seriously Brian, do you think you should have spent most of the album trying to sound like Sunny Day Real Estate when you know that your voice is nowhere near as strong as Jeremy Enigk's? Instead you sort of sound like that guy from Moneen; not the little spastic guy, but the one with the dreads. I mean, I miss the time when the word "emo" wasn't an insult, but just because you transition from soft note picking to loud progressions and sing in a muted voice doesn't mean you are going to bring it back.

Seriously Brian, did you need to have all these extended instrumental parts on your album? "KTCOKW" really starts to drag after about four minutes and the screams you throw in do nothing to help it out. Then there is "A Ride Home From Mars." I know tape looping can be a fun little experiment, but did you need to make a whole song of just that, and then follow it up with an almost entirely instrumental track?

Seriously Brian, you seem like a nice enough guy, you even recommend that people check out some pretty cool shit in your liner notes, like literature by Joyce, Vonnegut, and Whitman, bands like Kill Sadie, Braid, and Jawbreaker, and films by Charlie Kaufman and Akira Kurosawa, but that doesn't change the fact that most of this album just comes off kind of boring and unconvincing.


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Anonymous (February 15, 2006)

Everyone should listen to the Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Anonymous (May 17, 2005)

Seriously Matt,

Don't quit your day job... I'm sorry but you really don't know how to write. You recently reviewed my record and also did a really bad job. It seemed as if you didn't know what to say about it. You didn't praise us, but yet, you didn't knock us either. You wrote it as if you listened to the first 10 seconds of every track and then skipped to the next one.

You really didn't give readers any insight. As you didn't on this review as well. You might want to stick with maintaining a boring blog or writing for your college newspaper but Seriously Matt...

Anonymous (May 14, 2005)

score is for the REAL brian jones.

I'm gonna go listen to "between the buttons", an album better than probably everyhing ever mentioned on this site.

seriously, as lame as the stones are now, everything they released until goats head soup is almost perfect.

stevejonestherealbones (May 13, 2005)

i like the cover of this, seriously

- brian the jones

- brianjones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (May 13, 2005)

its a whole band, not just a person.

re-read the liner notes.

Anonymous (May 13, 2005)

score is for the REAL brian jones.

I'm gonna go listen to "between the buttons", an album better than probably everyhing ever mentioned on this site.

Anonymous (May 13, 2005)

Seriously Matt, starting every paragraph with "Seriously Brian" got tedious after about, oh, the first paragraph.

Wait, is the album called "Seriously"? And the singer's called Brian? Oh, I see what you did there. Very clever. Very clever indeed. Yes. Thank you.

tahoejeff (May 13, 2005)

Is Mother '04 a Danzig cover? Because it should be.

1234go (May 13, 2005)

Oh Brian Jones come forth from the grave and slay this manchild

Anonymous (May 13, 2005)

rock and roll already had a Brian Jones.

kenjamin (May 13, 2005)

math lab? Meth lab would be way cooler.

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