Jesse's Vineyard - Unclear Near

Sunday 1st August 1999
Jesse's Vineyard - Unclear Near
Jesse's Vineyard - Unclear Near

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Rustproof Records RRD7010

Reviewed by Graham Jovanovic

Jangling guitars and recognizably American vocals mark the entrance of a rock foursome that is welcomingly upbeat. It also marks the worthy talents of Mark Byrd and Derri Dougherty acting as producers and providing some superbly orchestrated guitars reminiscent of The Manic Street Preachers and some country folk introductions thrown in for good measure. 'Dollar' is a great bouncing tune worthy of  Stateside radio airplay. 'Go Back' and the rather cryptically titled 'Unclear Near' provide enough drama and power to show these performers to be much more than happy go lucky pop tunesters. Indeed thoughtful and sincere lyrics show a maturity beyond the band's years and also provides a nice counterpoint between pleasant tunes and deep issues as in 'Right Through'. To balance this, there is also an innocence that displays a creative force with plenty of life and enthusiasm too, as well as an energy and a hopeful message that raises the spirits of the believer. Altogether an extremely likeable offering. 

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Privilege [Listen]
2. Good Things [Listen]
3. Dollar [Listen]
4. Unclear Near [Listen]
5. Faith [Listen]
6. Round And Round [Listen]
7. Unbecoming [Listen]
8. New Point Of You [Listen]
9. Right Through [Listen]
10. Go Back [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Paul in North Carolina @ 03:30 on Jan 28 2008

Great music, from great people.

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