The Ralph Jones Band
"Just For The Scenery" CD
Genres: indie rock
I loved RJB's debut, so Just For The
Scenery arrived with smiles and cheers in the Indieville mailbag.
And here, the band has retained their distinctly dark, keyboard-laced
pop sound, but they've imbibed it with more uniqueness and less
sparseness. Also notable is, due to the band's unique sound, this
record takes a little while to get into - even more than their debut.
A few of the songs strike quickly, like uplifting "Fresh and
New" and its toying guitar line. For the most part, however, the minor
key melodies, eerie vocals and unconventional composition keeps this
record from being immediate. Instead, it's a disc you sink into like a
warm bath, getting more and more accustomed as you edge in appendage
by appendage. The bluesy intonations of certain songs ("Devil At The
Breakfast Table") become more and more satisfying upon each dose,
while pretty "Only Run Sometimes" is one of the most unusually
appealing pop songs I've ever heard. This record isn't perfect, and at
times I wonder if I'm ever going to appreciate some of these songs
(muddled "The Promise Ring," "Alecia The Klepto"), but the quality of
most of these compositions accounts for the effort the listener is
required to put in.
Fun Fact: There is no
Ralph Jones in the Ralph Jones Band; I theorize that the band could
have been named after the NFL's Chicago Bears coach from 1930-1932, or
the member of Bill Haley & His Comets.
[Vitals: 12 tracks, distributed by