"I Can Make You Try" CD
Genres: pop, indie pop, electronica
Oct 21 - 27 2002
Jupiter Project is a female/male duo consisting of Johnny Pape
on lead vocals and guitars, and Sue Boyer on bass, accompanying
vocals, and electronics. After fruitlessly searching for a like-minded
drummer, they decided they would create their beats electronically,
which immediately earned them the trip-hop tag. However, any true trip
aficionado will tell you that this most decidedly isn't in the league
of Portishead or Sneaker Pimps, and is merely pop music
with synthesized beats.
But there's no problem with that. After all is said and done, the
electronic rhythm section on this EP is done fantastically well, and
goes marvelously with the band's pop songwriting. While the songs
aren't necessarily the catchiest of all, the band boasts a very fresh
sound, with many influences abound.
"Gooseflesh," the album's second track, for example, has
a very nice melody to it, but Pape's vocals don't go with the
powerful background. "Picaboy," meanwhile, has a neat,
eighties-era synthy feeling, somewhere in the realm of Peter
Gabriel's work. It is arguably the album's best moment, as it has
everything down just pat - the atmosphere, the melody, and even the
recording quality (which suffers on some of the cd's six songs). Also
worthy of mention is the album's last track, "Two-feet,"
which boasts an interesting, infectious chorus.
All in all, I Can Make You Try is a nice pop EP with an
interesting concept, but the songs won't necessarily appeal to
29 min 40 sec, 6 tracks; distributed by the