Jonee - Stare

Tuesday 1st December 1998
Jonee - Stare

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: Cassette EP

Reviewed by Phil Holbert

To sum up this recording I suppose the easiest way is to say it is a mixed bag of highs and lows. On the plus side, there are good songs, plenty of creative ideas and bags and bags of potential. The lows or negatives however, are also equally self evident. There are very basic errors in the overall production, i.e., guitar nearly always slightly out of tune, vocal(s) badly EQ'd, instruments and voices out of time. Having spoken to Jonee recently, I know that this tape is by no means a good indication of where he is now musically and he has learnt from his previous mistakes. Jonathan is an unassuming young man who deserves encouragement and time in a good studio with a decent producer. Because this tape is (at times) truly bad to listen to I would recommend that you do not buy it BUT having said that I would STRONGLY recommend that you seek out his next recording or better still, see him live at a gig and give him the support he needs and deserves. Just remember Jonathan, Matt Redman, Graham Kendrick, Martin Joseph were once truly dreadful but time, effort, encouragement and support yield a rich harvest.

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