“Thought and Memory” is the latest EP offering from Jersey based singer/songwriter Rick Jones.
Guitar Jar is a fan of Rick’s previous musical endeavours. I often thrust his music in the direction of peers who are looking for something refreshingly different to listen to.
“Thought and Memory” has to pack a punch if it’s to live up to “Eden“, Rick’s previous album. Reassuringly, the opening track, “Third Law” is unmistakably Rick Jones – which in my opinion is a positive sign of an artist who’s found their niche and groove.
This song sets the tone for the rest of the EP, featuring pleasant layered vocal and guitar harmonies. Rick’s vocals in particular seemed to have developed since the release of “Eden” and this can be highlighted from 3m 08secs into the song where Rick holds a very emotional, sustained cry.
It’s worth noting at this point the production sounds crystal clear, with producer Wilson Nash ensuring all vocals and instruments are recorded and mixed extremely well.
“Found my Way Home” reminds me of a Pearl Jam/Eddie Vedder track, with Rick’s vocals again coming to the fore. Listen out for the slide guitar and blues influences.
Rick uses the talent of Kat Ince on Cello, with the songs “(Crossed) The Line” and “Wolves” featuring her atmospheric playing. The latter has proven to be my personal favourite track from the EP and my only regret is that the song is far too short – however, to have the opportunity for Rick (and possibly Kat) to perform this live would be a special treat for any listener.
To finish, I have to mention the track “Devil” which features overdriven guitar tones; something listeners may not associate with Rick’s previous material. It just so happens, “Devil” was recorded on Rick’s Avalon acoustic plugged directly into a Marshall combo! Rick definitely has something to say on this song, so expect a dash of anger, along with a dirty sounding guitar and excellent double tracked vocals.
If you’re a fan of Rick’s music, you’ll love “Thought and Memory“. It doesn’t deviate too far from “Eden” but does include musical offerings that displays clearly that Rick is a talented musician, open to include different musical flavours into his songs.
Like all Rick’s music, it sounds personal – almost as if he’s reading from his daily journal. Rick wears his heart on his sleeve and his music invites the listener to experience some of the recent personal journey Rick has embarked.
Another solid musical offering from Rick and I hope the release of this EP is how Rick intends to start 2012; to write, record and perform more of his inviting, refreshing music.
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