Jacob And The Sound - Fixing Things

Published Monday 6th December 2010
Jacob And The Sound - Fixing Things
Jacob And The Sound - Fixing Things

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 4 4 4 4
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 96409-17175
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: CD Mini-album
RRP: £7.00

Reviewed by Paul Keeble

There are some promising ideas on this mini-album from Staffordshire-based Jacob Wain and co. The title track has a nice feel with percussion and acoustic guitar, adding in bass and keyboard, and is one of the stronger songs. The standout track for me is "Razor Blade", a touching song advocating the love of God to a self-harmer. It's good to see this subject being sensitively addressed. The recording however is let down by bad timing on most tracks and some dodgy vocal tuning on several songs (such as "Throw Your Hands Up In The Air"). Some of the songs could do with a bit more work on the melodies and some refining to fix lyrics that don't fit the music that well, resulting in awkward phrasing (particularly "People In The City" which just sounds unfinished). Jacob needs to work on his songwriting skills and exercise better quality control on what constitutes a good take when the tape is rolling. There are a few good moments here which point to some potential for the future. Could do better.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Craig Rome in Stoke-on-trent @ 11:05 on Sep 22 2010

Such a fresh fantastic independent album. I have had this in my car for almost 2 weeks now and refuse to take it out of the player. the lyrics refresh my thinking of my relationship with God even after hearing the song 20 times! a must have for anyone who wants a new outlook.

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