Johnathan Rice - Trouble Is Real (One Little Indian 04/07/2005) - Album Review
Johnathan Rice Trouble Is Real (One Little Indian 04/07/2005)
At 21 years of age you could easily forgive, and in this day an age; easily make a star of someone who treats their guitar as though it used to bully them and effectively throttle it to death in the name of rock n roll. However, on the other hand, it is very easy to get excited when a mature and craftedindividual has the foresight to produce a thoughtful and tuneful array of material. This offering is a journey,taking in the sights of Tom Waites, Ray Lamontagne, Damien Rice, Rufus Wainwright, Bob Dylan and Burt Bacharachthat reaches arich, subtle and melodic plateaux in ‘Mid November’. Conversely; ‘Salvation Day’ sees Jonathan nodding and grinning at the indie Rock N Roll category with a ranging offering reminiscent of ‘Idlewild’.
The ebullient and spacey pop spirited number; ‘Leave The Light On’ tingles the senses and soothes souls, as Mr. Rice’s brisk and slightly raw Ray Lamontagne vocals slide along on the back of an initially pedestrian and zappy accompaniment. Then the track opens out into a frolic of jangling summery instrumentals that will pick you up like a shot of tequila. The longing ‘Stay At Home’ sounds like a Bob Dylan song being sung by someone with a good voice. Sixteen tracks of mind melting music from an intelligent and thoughtful songwriter, represents a thought provoking blueprint for a career that is certainly going to be worth following, whatever direction it takes.