ARTIST - LANEY JONES
CD -GOLDEN ROAD
Genre: Modern Country, Pop, Americana, Rocking-Blues Folk
Sounds Like: Feist, The Roaches, Victoria Williams and Girlyman
The Good: Songwriting, Consistency
The Bad: Lack of emotional depth
The Ugly: Nothing to report
The Band:3 out of 5
The Music:4 out of 5
The Songs:4 out of 5
The Vibe: 4 out of 5
The Production: 3 out of 5
The Verdict: 3.5 out of 5
The ReviewWho doesn’t like Singer-Songwriter music? I’d all hands go up in the air. I mean, while Singer-Songwriter, which by the way kind of emerged in the late 60’s and 70’s with the arrival of artists like Janis Ian, Ani DeFranco and Suzanne Vega they represented a close and personal artistic snapshot from the artist in question. The music tended to be at times gripping and powerful. Many feel the Singer-Songwriter sound has lost it’s way evolving into overly commercialized, highly corporate songs that do a better job at getting under your skin rather than getting under your heart. So having said this Singer-Songwriter might not be you’re first and foremost musical choice nowadays, and many have felt we have lost out way. Despite this introduction most music fans can’t deny getting into a good poppy groove every now and then and really enjoy well written music within this style from time to time. Add in a dash of Folk, a pretty face, a soothing voice – well I’m rambling here. The latest release by Laney Jones entitled “Golden Road” came to my attention last week. I must admit I yawned expecting the typical Shelby Lane music conventions – only to be blown away with what I heard. I get the impression Jones writes and records in a unique fusionist style that fuses the rhythms of blues and gold old fashioned Americana. His unique style meshes rhythms and sounds with short, humorous stories – still-life if you will for an increasingly busy age. Jones asks us to examine the world in a fresh light. I hate to pigeonhole but if you like Feist, The Roaches, Victoria Williams and Girlyman you will like the music of Laney Jones. “Golden Road” is exceptional music and multi-dimensional to say the least. The music itself is uplifting, thought provoking, and interesting. It also however possesses an Americana Blues core kind of breaking the traditional mold for Singer-Songwriter style of music. Does all of this sound a bit over the top to you? Just listen to marquee tracks like “Broken Hearts”, “Pour out Your Whiskey” and “Nothing at All” and you’ll begin to see my perspective. I got hooked on Jones after the first few seconds of Track 1: Broken Hearts”.
The Bad: The is CD needs more emotional depth to it. Great songwriters know how to stop you in their tracks with some of their music. Jones needs to explore this side of songwriting a bit more, and put more music of this ilk on her upcoming albums. I know she has it in her. At the end of the day people don't but paper and plastic, they buy emotions.
The Ugly: Nothing to report.
The Bottom Line:The main focus of this genre of music is generally the personality of the artist, here Jones wins you over without even trying. The amazing lyrical content never feels like an afterthought. What’s more the vocal work and impeccable songwriting and playing from Jones and her crew really brings it all together. I might add Jones plays Banjo, Ukulele, Kazoo and Harmonica on the album. Oh and she sings exceptionally well. All in all it’s a powerful combination that puts a gal like Laney Jones on the map for 2013. She should go a long way towards proving that real music is still alive and well.
Joan Stonesiferby Markus Druery
Indieshark Music Critic