It’s that blood, guts and glory kind of rawk-n-rawl that, when done right, is hard / impossible to argue with. When it’s down half-arsed it’s pathetic – if you don’t have this kind of swagger then don’t even dare to go here. But The Jim Jones Revue most certainly, most definitely, most unquestionably have this kind of swagger and they do this so very right.
The Jim Jones Revue have built a well deserved reputation for being one of the most exciting and ferocious live acts around – but, it’d be fair to say, it’s no easy task to translate this vibrance and excitement to record or cd. And listening to this record, it’s clear that the songs are begging to be heard in the sweaty reality of a dark and dingy live venue. But I’m pleased to report that somehow, with The Savage Heart, produced by Jim Sclavunos, drummer in Grinderman and The Bad Seeds, they’ve delivered something that doesn’t sound like an anti-climax to their frenzied live shows, but rather something that’d inspire fans to want to go see them – a very important distinction.
Of course, I wager that these songs would sound even better live – but better than great is not something to be sneezed at.
RATING : GREAT
Cheese on Toast is phasing in a new album ratings system. I have always struggled with a numerical scale; it feels so finite and arbitrary. So the new scale looks like this :
FREAKIN’ AWESOME / JUST AWESOME / REALLY GREAT / GREAT / GOOD / PRETTY COOL / NOT BAD / COULD BE BETTER / PRETTY BAD, ACTUALLY / NOT RECOMMENDED FOR EARS