Album Review: The Jim Jones Revue – “Burning Your House Down”
If ever there was an award for the oldest cliche in music journalism, it would surely go to something along the lines of – don’t believe the hype. Maybe I’ve just been doing this too long for my own good but I’ve seen bands come and go where the music press builds up a band who, as far as I can work out, only really sound average at best. And generally, it’s because some journalistic palms have been greased somewhere along the lines.
It’s always nice to find exceptions to this rule though. Cases where a genuinely good band comes along and kicks the door down through sheer bloody-minded willpower, blasting out from the underground scene that spawned them into the mainstream consciousness. And I’m happy to say that the Jim Jones Revue definitely fall into this category. This, their second album, may just be the one that makes stars out of ’em. Fingers crossed…
Opening song “Dishonest John” comes roaring out of the traps with a tank full of nitro and nicely lays down the blueprint for the 30-minute arse-kicking ahead. Sounding like a mix between classic ’50s rock ‘n’ roll (Jerry Lee, early Elvis, Little Richard) at its most primal and the White Stripes before the mainstream sucked all the excitement right out of ’em, it’s an absolute stormer. The rhythm section is tight as you like, the riffs slash like a razor, the piano zips all over the shop to add to the excitement as Jones himself lays down the sonic gospel in a way that his namesake Danko would be proud of.
Throughout, the JJR never let up – “High Horse”, “Elemental”, “Burning Your House Down”, it’s one 900mph rollercoaster ride after another and it absolutely shreds. Quite simply, the reason that the Jim Jones Revue are picking up all this hype is, for once, that they’re just too damn good NOT to. If you want some rock ‘n’ roll in its purest most unadulterated form, start your search here.