Album Review: Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind – “CollectiV”
It’s fair to say that when Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind unleashed their debut album “Super Natural” back in 2016, it seemed on the surface to be a big departure from his previous band the Jim Jones Revue, forsaking the scuzzed up distorted take on 50s rock ‘n’ roll for something way more sinister, taking in a mix of deathrock, swamp rock and goth. However, looking back, it’s maybe not as much of a radical departure as we first thought – certainly the Revue were showing signs of heading in this direction on what turned out to be their final album “The Savage Heart” and really, when you think about it, it’s more of a straight continuation of where Jones was heading to begin with. And with their second album, they’ve got to grips with the sound, ironed out the creases and delivered a damn good effort.
When opening track “Sex Robot” kicks in with a storming Stooges style riff as Jones howls over the top, it’s clear that the Righteous Mind are on good form here but, similar to the debut, this album isn’t afraid to chuck a few twists and turns in, and when track two “Satan’s Got His Heart Set On You” is a lurching slice of swamp rock in the Screamin’ Jay Hawkins mould, it’s clear that the listener needs to expect the unexpected here.
The tricks keep coming thick and fast from thereon in, from the hypnotic death-rock of “O Genie” and “Going There Anyway”, to the fuzzed up garage rock sneer of “Attack of the Killer Brainz” and “Ouy Align”. In fact the Righteous Mind are happy to chuck whatever they damn well feel like into the mix and it’s this which makes “CollectiV” a seriously engaging listen. The creepy cinematic “Dark Secrets” is a real highlight, with its sinister piano sending a chill up your spine, while “Meth Church” dips a toe in gospel waters (albeit some of the most sinister gospel you ever did hear) and “I Found A Love” harks back to the Little Richard with the distortion pedals cranked up sound of the Revue.
By the time the lurching “Shazam”, with Jones in full on rock ‘n’ roll preacher mode, finishes things off, you’re left in no doubt that this is the sound of a band refining their sound with confidence and delivering a killer effort. Good stuff.
If the first Righteous Mind album was a big voodoo soup of ideas, "CollectiV" sees the band coming at it with experience, having refined it by knowing what works and what doesn't and delivering a competent effort with plenty of variety and a sinister atmosphere to keep you interested throughout. Definitely recommended.