CD Review: Everyday Jones – Season Of Hope

Everyday Jones is a mostly acoustic/pop collaboration between Jason Green and Alissa Jandt, but there is lush instrumentation in the form of drums, orchestral pads, layered vocals, keys, bass, and countless other little overdubs here and there. Season of Hope is, seemingly, a thematic, if not conceptual, album about the moods and tones of relationships through the dimensions of time and relative, personal perceptions. It is a tried and true theme, lending itself to a natural mood, grace, and flow of, in this case, a full-length album. The strongest impression I came away with is that this doesn’t sound like two people programming tracks in Ableton, I can’t tell which, if any, instruments aren’t natural, and the two vocalists have a very natural chemistry together. Both vocalists have a wide variety of vocal styles that come across as very deliberate and meaningful, but sometimes the vocals stand out and break the smooth and natural tone of the music.

If you really pay attention, though, the songwriting is impressively complete. In places where the instruments could take it easy, such as vocal-centric verses, there is a lot going on, and it all builds toward the central idea of the song. There aren’t lazy, throw-away dead spots. So if any part sounds out of place, it isn’t because they didn’t try hard enough.

Whether on purpose or not, there are some serious standouts and some lulls where I have to wonder how they remember their parts, as each section could just as easily transition into each other. Tracks 3 and 6, Radio High and Winter, are exceptional and have some attention getting parts, but between those two songs I struggled to engage. The songs, while nice, didn’t grab me as much as those two. The whole album does a great job of tempering and pacing, ebbing and flowing, building and releasing. Moreover, it’s an uplifting and positive album with little bits of bittersweet laced throughout in careful measure. If you’re looking for edge and boundaries-pushing musical exploration, you may be let down. But if you need something nice to listen to, or you’re wondering what’s playing in coffeeshops these days, Everyday Jones’ new album is a shining example of music that doesn’t ask a lot of you and just takes you on a nice ride.