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The Jealous Sound

The Jealous Sound: Got FriendsGot Friends (2008)
Militia Group

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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Five years after the release of their last album, 2003's full-length effort, Kill Them with Kindness, the Jealous Sound offer Got Friends, a five-song, digital-only EP. The title track as well as the second track, "Turning Around," both deliver straightforward pop-rock songs with no shortage of c.
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Five years after the release of their last album, 2003's full-length effort, Kill Them with Kindness, the Jealous Sound offer Got Friends, a five-song, digital-only EP.

The title track as well as the second track, "Turning Around," both deliver straightforward pop-rock songs with no shortage of clever hooks and the soft-but-assertive vocal style fans might expect. The real high point of the EP, though, is the third track, "Broad Shoulders." The thumpy, melodic bassline coupled with conservative drum patterns does a beautiful job driving the song and provides the perfect backdrop for Blair Shehan to display his trademark vocal and lyrical style. Lines like "Let's make a pact that everyone's wrong / And whatever the cost, we can't turn this off / And it won't be long until we get carried away" set the tone for a song about optimism and the pursuit of love.

The latter two songs on the album are remixes of the title track, one of which is done by band member John McGinnis and the other by Figurine (featuring Jimmy Tamborello, of Postal Service fame). The more bass-heavy John McGinnis remix is the stronger of the two as he does a better job of composing the electronics around Shehan's recorded vocal track. With the Figurine remix, there are times when the vocals come across as choppy and uncharacteristically abrasive in comparison with the backing arrangements.

As a whole, Got Friends picks up where Kill Them with Kindness left off, presenting a handful of masterfully crafted, engaging pop-rock songs that should both keep current fans paying attention and spark the interest of new listeners. It's a far cry from the full-length album that fans have spent the last five years hoping for and speculating about, but Got Friends should suffice until the next full-length effort, so long as it doesn't take another half-decade.

 

 
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SloaneDaley (February 26, 2009)

stoked on everything about this!

Knapsack was a bit more awesomer though.

DrGunn (February 25, 2009)

i haven't heard the jealous sound, so score is for knapsack.

icapped2pac (February 25, 2009)

The title track is the only thing I really dug on this, and I was a HUGE fan of Kill Them... Couldn't stand the remixes. They posted a cryptic myspace blog saying they're not dead, so hopefully they put out a new LP, which I'm confident I'll like better than this.

KurtTGS (February 25, 2009)

Score is for the person below me's user name.

baseball (February 25, 2009)

Score is for the new songs. Remixes don't do anything for me. I'm not generally into this style of music, but this band does it so well.

IamtheAvatar (February 25, 2009)

For some reason, I thought this was going to be their next full-length. So I was depressed to find only 3 new songs and some weak remixes. The title track is great, though.

radtothemax (February 25, 2009)

Hey kids! If you like this band you should totally get Kill Them With Kindness, its now on wonderful white vinyl! Ch-ch-check it out!

JEALOUS SOUND "Kill Them With Kindness" dbl LP white vinyl
http://stores.channeladvisor.com/vinylho....20white vinyl

Vinyl Collective's Vinyl Cooperative is excited to announce its second release, the Jealous Sound's "Kill Them With Kindness" double LP gatefold, colored vinyl. The pressing will contain the entire album, "Kill Them With Kindness" as well as the Self-Titled EP. The album and EP which were originally released on CD by Better Looking Records has been licensed by the cooperative for release on vinyl.

Anchors (February 24, 2009)

Yeah, how in the fuck did I miss this? Getting it now.

Jelone (February 24, 2009)

Wait, how did I miss this last year? Must get up ons.

inagreendase (February 24, 2009)

Score is for the new Manchester Orchestra song of nearly the same name.

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