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Absolutely awesome album
Panic Prevention - Jamie T
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Panic Prevention - Jamie T
Advantages: Innovative, challenging, funny, brilliant
Disadvantages: Not a single thing, this is the mutts nuts
Jamie T is an artist who is either liked or disliked by those who hear him. To most he will be unknown but he is a really interesting young performer in my eyes.
At times it does seem as though his music is wilfully attempting to put its audience off him with it lo-fi nature or its experiments with sounds and effects, however for me it generally creates an interesting sonic landscape worth a million Boyzone or Westlife clones.
Winner of NME Awards and lauded by critics including Zane Lowe, this is an awesome album from a young man who at one point had attempted to Join Blazin Squad
This album is great fun, its clear Jamie T is a Londoner but his singing voice is a much greater melding of a drunk Glaswegian and a man confused over whether his family originates from the East Coast or South West of England, but hey that all just adds to the ambience of fun and dusky depravity on this wicked album.
Ok, so the tracks are they any good? Honestly at times I'm not sure, for me they are all worth a listen, although sometimes I'm unsure if its because they are just so wildly inventive or if they are truly musically important.
Brand New Bass Guitar - With an opening guitar riff reminiscent of Buddy Holly on Jelly Babies, this is followed by a screeching Jamie T, I love this tune, its about buying a brand new bass guitar meaning he couldn't buy a gun. It includes a ropy chorus of voices, ropy singing all over the song and weird and wonderful sounds coming from all angles, this is actually a well structured song with a great guitar performance, I like this a lot.
Salvador - A cool song, it sounds a bit like the Arctic Monkeys on Bacardi Breezers, with a cool throbbing beat throughout and some cool guitar riffs, I like this song, it reminds me of a western set in Jamaica starting a little scally from London out of his depth, this is such good fun, it works on a lot of levels and has influences in the Jam and other bands of that era, but sounds totally original with weird shouted lyrics which are fantastic.
Calm Down Dearest - This starts with a drunken Jamie rambling, this is awesome with so many sounds I can't even describe them, it is surprisingly melodic with a wicked chorus and lyrics which make you just want to listen to this all day. This is oddly mainstream for a guy singing about being drunk whilst the backing track moves about like a Penguin on Vermouth. This is nice and really sums up the talents of young Mr T for me and eradicates any images of that bulbous nosed, pompous Winner fellow using this catchphrase on tragically awful insurance adverts on the television.
So Lonely was the ballad - Love this, love this, love this (Ok for anyone who thinks I'm using this just to get above 150 words, I'm sure you'll find I will go way past that talking about this album, so stick that in your pipe and smoke it :p). Sometimes the words seem to make no sense but they really do build into a fantastic story, the music is catchy, lovely and like nothing else I've ever heard and that's what I love about this track and the album in general, occasionally you'll hear influences but this is utterly original and brilliant. This song swerves about but it is beautifully eloquent in a teenage bus passenger kind of way.
Back in the Game - Nice song, this is one man with his guitar in quite a rewarding little song about coming back from adversity. This showcases how good this guy is as he really is a one man boxset of musical originality playing a variety of instruments, on this song, he sticks to his voice a guitar and produces a winning track.
Operation - I'm sure there is a sample of Beaker from the Muppets on this track and David Bowie making cow noises, but then that's what I like about this album, the fact you can imagine what the hell some of the noises are, with a nice distorted keyboard, lots of yelping ,vocoders, moogs, some cool punky vocals and some really good lyrics this is a perfect example of the originality of this talented young fella.
Sheila - This is the most famous song from this debut album, with the wicked video of Bob Hoskins mouthing the lyrics walking along the South Bank. This is a great song about a woman called Sheila mixing singing, shouting a bit of London rap, its just a really good story with wonderful lyrics. This is one of my favourite songs and it is probably the most mainstream song on this album.
Pacemaker - Nice thrash punk start to this tune, I like the guitars, Jamie T's voice is cool, it always sounds like he's yelping and talking at once, this is a nice arrangement with catchy guitars, nice drums and a good use of his own voice for backing.
Dry off your cheeks - I like this, it sounds so much like the Clash vocally, but the nice lo-fi drum machine and distorted organ make this stand out as Mr T, this is a cool song which I can easily imagine listening to in Hoxton whilst sat drinking an overpriced beer from Bhutan and watching the people at the next table wearing sunglasses and cockatiel based haircuts discussing the merits of a band they saw at the Camden Mixer who had the waterskiing cow from the Powergen adverts playing bass.
Ike and Tina - A sonic tribute to the Turners, this is not really anything to do with them, this is a voice through a vocoder doing his best Streets impression, but faster with a bit more rhythm. This is an interesting song, with a nice dance beat but its not one of the best songs on the album, although saying that it builds up to a thrilling crescendo reminiscent of Ravel's Bolero or 'Daddy cool' by Boney M. But seriously this is one of the weaker songs on the album for me.
If you got the money - The other biggy commercially on the album, this is loverly (sic) with nice use of the lyric de-di-do-da-de-da-do-da-dum-de-di-da-do-da-do-dum (Once again I'm well over 150 words so this isn't bumping it up, its simply a wicked lyric I wanted to share). This song has a great bassline, the lyrics are awesome, the track is a modern classic, its lo-fi, understated and classy as hell. I love this song and I'm sure if you haven't heard it you would too.
Alicia Quays - Ok so this is a ramble, but its musically interesting, listen to it a few times and you'll love it, its Jamie T talking with the skill of a drunk over a fine understated beat, lyrically this is awesome.
I listened to this album for the third time when reviewing this and was utterly blown away, when you listen on headphones, you hear so many sounds, its enthralling.
I checked and it appears Mr T plays most of the songs arranges them and writes them, this is hugely impressive to me. I know he is awesome live and has followed this album up with another good one.
I think this is interesting, has personality and character and doesn't want to be anything other than what it is, there is a lot of use of character sounds, interesting experimentation with organs and guitars and some really interesting ideas. I love this album and think you should give it a try.
It is available on Amazon for £4.99, you can always download it from I-tunes too.
Summary: Not bad for a Blazin Squad Reject