Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Album Review: Jukebox the Ghost - Everything Under the Sun

On Jukebox the Ghost's sophomore album Everything Under the Sun, their first album for North Carolina label Yep Roc, the band lets their pop energy and solid musicianship shine on the album's twelve songs.

The power trio, composed of keyboards, guitar and drums, hits the ground at full speed with the infectious descending piano riff and undeniable groove "Schizophrenia" (which the band recently performed on the Late Show with David Letterman; watch the video here).

The album's first single "Empire" is shows off a catchy melody and singer Ben Thornewill's over-the-top, dramatic vocals style. The overemphasized syllables in the chorus would be annoying if they were not so incredibly fitting in upbeat sound of the group.

The band make the most of their unique setup, crafting pop songs that fall somewhere between the jovial, baroque pop of Jellyfish and the smart, quirky piano pop of Ben Folds. The album is high energy from front to back except for the trio of slower tunes "Summer Sun," "So Let Us Create" and "Nobody," which still feature boisterous, theatrical vocals.

The trio certainly does not shy away from upbeat, joyous melodies and instrumentation. The syncopated guitar and synthesizer solo at the end of "Carrying" is reminiscent of some of Queen's more light-hearted work.

Jukebox the Ghost is a young band full of energy and solid musicianship to take them far, and Everything Under the Sun is a solid step into a bigger musical world.

Everything Under the Sun is out now via Yep Roc Records.

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