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Kelly Jones - Only The Names Have Been Changed (2007) Retail CD
I downloaded this album after being made aware of its release. An interesting set-up, 10 tracks, all female names. And what we get are 10 stories, all different, but somehow similar in the sense that they have had some kind of effect on Jones.
One thing, though. There are no drums on this album, and don't expect another 'Performance and Cocktails.' This is completely different. This is simply Kelly Jones, an electric guitar and some occasional string sections.
The opener, 'Suzy', is a six-minute, slow-moving, hazy ballad. 'Bye, bye, little Suzy, don't think that I used ya,' Jones croaks inmore… part of the chorus. A lovely track, entwined with soft rock, and strings in places. Nothing explosive, but nothing on this album is. A solid 8/10.
Track two, 'Rosie', is a four-minute, slow burner. Like 'Suzy', it's hazy, and somewhat atmospheric. Soft rock and strings complement this track as well. It's a lovely melody, sweeps gently throughout. 'Oh Rosie, I thank you again,' Jones croons. Merits 9/10.
Track three, 'Liberty', is again very soft, and subtle. Five minutes long, it's another hazy, dreamy tune. 'Liberty, won't you come with me?' Jones asks in this particular adventure. Nothing out of the ordinary here, just exactly the same- guitar and strings, and it's a beautiful partnership on this album. 8/10.
Track four, 'Katie', is one of the standout tracks on this album. This one is four minutes long. The songwriting is excellent throughout (and the rest of the album). 'Oh no, Katie, it's a shame on you,' Jones sings here. It doesn't explode as one might anticipate but keeps a steady pace throughout. A little bit dark at times, but very impressive. 10/10.
Track five, 'Violet', is two minutes long. A more driving riff, although it's a tender song in all its truth. The strings add a nice touch here and it's a nice halfway point if you like, although it isn't filler at all. 8/10.
Track six, 'Jayne', you will know if you've heard the 'Live From Dakota' CD by the 'Phonics. This is a five minute song, and follows the usual trend, which is, of course, simply an electric guitar and strings to complement Jones's voice. It labours slightly but there is no doubting the songwriting quality, the tune, and the vocal ability of Kelly. Could be a bit quicker, but that would be picky, so I'm giving it a 9 here.
Track seven, 'Misty', is the shortest track on the collection. At exactly 84 seconds long, it could be dismissed as filler. Slightly disappointing, as I could have seen so much more potential for this song. Unfortunately it wasn't to be, and so I can only give it a 6/10.
Track eight, 'Emily', in my opinion is the best song on the album, lyrically. It tells a story, and includes mystery, and lies, and basically everything goes wrong. The tune is a good one, hazy and dreamy, like most of the previous ones as well. It is slightly repetitive but an excellent effort. 8/10.
Track nine, 'Jean', in my opinion, is the best track on the album, musically. Better than 'Katie', and the best on the album. Again, like 'Violet', a more driving riff, and Kelly Jones unleashes his voice here, which is what we want to hear, as he has such a great voice. Undoubtedly 10/10.
Track ten, and the final track, 'Summer', is another dreamy, hazy track, harking back to how the album has been as a whole. It really is a perfect summer song- the name says it all. A great ending to an excellent album.
If I could compare this album to any other recent offering, I would have to think back to Foo Fighters' 'In Your Honour', the second, acoustic disc. Very similar, except that this is more chilled. I didn't think 35 minutes of songs would work without drums, but Kelly Jones has managed to do it. Yes, it is raw and it is patchy in places but such is Jones' ability to write great songs like these one forgets about the drums and can truly enjoy a great album. 9/10.
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