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Jackson United: Western BalladsWestern Ballads (2005)
Reviewer Rating: 3.5
Contributed by: Tim-PunkInternationalTim-PunkInternational
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Chances are, you're a pretty big fan of one of the bands Chris Shiflett plays or has played in over the years. Foo Fighters, No Use For A Name, Me First & The Gimme Gimmes, and even the enigmatic Viva Death comprise his resumé. Under the name Jackson United, he steps up as a frontman in his own right, and lays down a bunch of really solid pop songs. Pop without the "punk" suffix attached to it, that is; Western Ballads specializes in the sort of light and bouncy rock tunes that made the 90's a fun time to grow up in. In tracks like "Fell Into" and "All The Way" I'm hearing the kinds of melodies that Weezer forgot how to make in between 1996 and 2001, combined with the mature sweetness of the first Fountains Of Wayne album or the Lemonheads at their peak. There's a good chunk of Western Ballads that's as good as anything in the 90's alternative scene.
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