Jonezetta – Cruel To Be Young

By Tyler H on September-30-2008 | Filed under Reviews | Tags : , , | Share

Jonezetta – Cruel To Be Young
3.0 (2 votes)

Artist: Jonezetta

Album: Cruel To Be Young

Label: Tooth & Nail

Release Date: 9/16/2008

Review By: Tyler Hess

“Cruel To Be Young”, Jonezetta’s follow up to “Popularity”, has been a much discussed album around the webzines, as everyone seems to be unsure what to do with this album, but I am here to assure you of one thing: this is going to be way underrated.  They had to know this.  Having introduced themselves two years ago, they now mature their sound, slow down the tempo a bit, yet deliver great music, just without the poppy, catchy choruses that many of us grew fond of from their previous effort.

This is one album that is harder to dig out the singles, the songs that are sure to be hits, but has an overall greatness.  There are some songs that are definitely ones that are a bit more memorable “Holding On To You”, “Busy Body” (the closest thing to Popularity, but not really that close), “Paint and Picture”, “Fur Coat” and “Valentine” peek my attention every time.

The disappoints are really the dead times for me.  “Untitled” is hardly a song at all, it is a 36 second waste of time of instrumentation that is more like the times when I forget to unplug my guitar from my amp before I put it aside.  The second problem is the hidden track at the end.  Bands need to stop pretending that they are Nirvana, please kill this long overdue for a death of a trend.

The lyrics are stellar, if not vague.  The vocals are sung beautifully to make me think the words are so cleverly crafted, but after many, many listens I still don’t know what in the world he is talking about most of the time, and it is sometimes hard to make something up just to make myself feel better about my lack of creativity.

In the end, there are just too many good songs on this album, too much of a cohesive, beautifully put together sound to let this slip by your hands.  Take a listen, and then another, and then five more and I hope you hear what I hear, because they deserve it for their work.

9/10

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11 Responses to 'Jonezetta – Cruel To Be Young'

  1. Sean says:

    This album blows away “Popularity.” Actually this album blows away much of what’s been put out this year!

  2. Levi G says:

    I like hidden tracks.

  3. Brandon says:

    Good review Tyler. Keep them coming!

  4. brock Stringer says:

    i agree! this cd i great! not to mention how good the recording is! and i love the hidden songs too! i definitely agree that it blows alot of the cds out of the water that were put out this year

  5. I hate hidden tracks. Always have, always will. One of my biggest pet peeves.

  6. John Wayne says:

    If any of you IVMers do not take heed to this review and give this album it’s required 6 spins I will personally come to your house and make you do it. Not nicely either, think Jack Bauer tactics. I swear that I wrote this review. I had to check my drivers license (expires in two days! yikes!) too make sure my name wasn’t Tyler Hess.

    We have the same likes and dislikes. The “Untitled” song should have been in between songs like the other 2 instrumentals.The hidden track is terrible. /end complaints. The rest is brilliant…

    Did anyone else notice the cover and all the written song titles in the book looked pixelated and low quality? Or was that just my copy…

  7. Kyle (imprezagm4) says:

    I will have to check this out… I wasn’t going to but dang, 9/10… has to be worth a few well earned doll-hairs

  8. fusse says:

    Oh my. I got the album last saturday. I have played it multiple times since then. And it’s one of the best of the year. It’s plain awesome. Totally blows old Jonezetta away. I’m a fan. Do yourself a favor and dig in.

  9. Eric says:

    John Wayne, I think the low-res images are just your copy.

    Guess you should have gotten it from a real store and not that bootleg CD salesman at the flea market.

  10. preston Stringer says:

    I bought Cruel To Be Young. and loved the first 5 songs.
    But the things I loved about Jonezetta, being their awesome slower songs, are all gone. I dont like the slow songs at all. I also have this horrible feeling everytime I listen, that they are trying to copy the beatles or do something like that, and not make their own music. I think 9 out of 10 is way to high, i’d give it a 6 out of 10 and then go listen to Reign of Kindo.

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