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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Review: Jazz Junk - Demo 2008

Jazz Junk - Demo
2008, Jazz Junk

Pasadena’s Jazz Junk comes across as rather tongue-in-cheek on their demo. Loser is either an attempt to be funny or a mean-spirited rant. It fails the humor test and instead of charming comes across as just a bit crass, lyrically. That being said, Emily Burns’ vocals are outstanding and the musical arrangement is tight. Neglect was pleasant but not terrible memorable, sounding more like a jam progression than a song. Is One Woman Ever Good Enough? returns to the smart, tight arrangements noted on Loser. This song also comes across as somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but is a little more successful as an ironic viewpoint. This is my favorite song on the disc and sounds like something that could be part of a musical. The demo CD closes out with Voices, the most rock-oriented tune on the demo. This is a track with commercial potential, although the mix needs to cleaned up just a bit.

Jazz Junk shows a lot of promise. Emily Burns is an extremely talented vocalist, and I look forward to hearing more of her. The band is top-notch as well, and I would expect big things from them in the future. A good producer could really help bring the best out of Jazz Junk. I believe there are a lot of gems to be found here.

Rating: 3 Stars (Out of 5)

You can learn more about Jazz Junk at It appears that Jazz Junk have recently released an EP entitled Creatures Of Habit. I do not have any purchase information for this disc, but if message Jazz Junk through their MySpace page I am certain they’ll be happy to hook you up.

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