Title - 'All You Get' [Vinyl]
Artist - Andras Jones
For those not in the know, Andras Jones is a West Coast-based actor, author, the host of the podcast Radio8Ball, singer-songwriter, and musician.
Having also appeared in such films as 'Nightmare on Elm Street 4 – The Dream Master', 'The Prom', and 'Every Day Is A Journey,' and having also written a book entitled 'Accidental Initiations: In The Kabbalistic Tree Of Olympia' (Sync Book Press), Jones's career also includes seven previous runs all under different monikers (along with touring with his band The Previous).
Now Jones has brought his true musical self back to the fore on his just-released eighth studio album, the deeply personal recanting of All You Get.
Having admittedly avoided finishing the album since the turn of the millennium Jones battled his own personal crises (one that mirrored a nation's descent into the future) and even though the album had been completed years before, finally knew the time was right to raise his voice and tell his tales once more.
1. 'All You Get'
2. 'The Things I Have to Live Without'
3. 'Natalie Wood said ...'
4. 'Spin The Bottle'
5. 'Cartesian Shack'
7. 'Jealousy Nation'
8. 'Birthday Boy'
9. 'You Moved to Chicago'
10. 'Epic Teen (Nancy)'
11. 'One More Figure'
12. 'Paint My Day'
The first track from his wondrous, simply stunning, earthy and yet vibrantly alive album is the jangling guitar title track itself, a cut (with additional vocals from Frazey Ford) that showcases perfectly the non-traditional workings of a musician whose almost whispered conspiratorial qualities are as much his trademark as his synchronistic musical format known as the aforementioned Radio8Ball.
The grey day following winter home aspects of 'The Things I Have to Live Without' bring forth yet another self-realized emotive core from Jones, with one of the best cuts on the album, IMHO, the delicate, yet lush early '70s psych pop flow of 'Natalie Wood said' along next.
The gently beautiful strummed acoustic vibe of 'Spin The Bottle' is a pure delight to behold and that's backed by the swaying moments of distorted hipsway found within the subtle humor of 'Cartesian Shack' (featuring the dulcet trumpet work of Ida Nilson), with Side A of this vinyl record rounding out with the album's longest track at just under six minutes, the building assortment of melodies found within the ballad 'Insecurity.'
Recorded in Vancouver, BC with Canadian Wildman Ford Pier (D.O.A., The Rheostatics) at the helm and featuring a crew of illustrious Canucks like Frazey Ford & Samantha Parton (The Be Good Tanyas), Barry Mirochnik (Neko Case), Keith Rose (The Hanson Brothers) & Veda Hille, Side B opens with the fun and perky 'Jealousy Nation,' and then the lo-fi finger-snappin' vibe of the storytelling (inclusive of Marc L’esperance on violin and additional vocals and Walt Vincent on bass) behind 'Birthday Boy' ("Check out the kid with the face like a Russian novel, long and hard to read").
The upright jazz bass (courtesy of Keith Rose) and lo-rent blues inherent within both the music and Jones's vocals make 'You Moved to Chicago' (with backing vocals from Samantha Parton) my own personal favorite track here and that's backed seamlessly by the soft cinematic shuffle of 'Epic Teen (Nancy)' (featuring Marshall Thompson on Wurlitzer organ).
This resonating new album then rounds out with the upbeat and inspired guitar playing and vocal expression from Jones and company on the foot-tappin' groove of 'One More Figure,' with the breathy, organ-led (by Veda Hille) 'Paint My Day' bringing this heartfelt musical experience to a close.
In closing, Jones himself has said about this new album, "It’s a record about disappointment that I hope isn’t disappointing,” but trust me when I say that there is nothing disappointing abut this album. Nothing.
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