Thursday, June 12, 2008
CD Review: Jonathan Balas - Jonathan Balas
Jonathan Balas - Jonathan Balas
2007, Jonathan Balas
Jonathan Balas is up today with his self-titled 4-track debut EP, offering the world a first glance at the product of his muse. The tracks here are perfect for placement in a prime-time teen soap opera, with vaguely emotion-filled lyrics, mildly jangly guitar and safe balladry. Jonathan Balas' voice is pleasant and easy to listen to. The songwriting is safe and perhaps a little formulaic, but easily listenable.
California Here I Go is perhaps the liveliest track here (and has been featured on MTV’s Laguna Beach). Lovers Paradise is the sort of song that likely will end up in a teen drama if Mr. Balas has anyone marketing him in that fashion. The songs are pleasant, but I found myself failing to be blown away. There's obvious talent here, and I suspect that these tunes would take on more life in a live setting. It just didn't carry as well as it might have on CD.
Rating: 3 Stars (Out of 5)
You can learn more about Jonathan Balas at www.jonathanbalas.com, where you can purchase a copy of his EP. You can also download the album or individual songs on iTunes.