The Jim Jones Revue evidently grew up chugging down as much 50s-era New Orleans blues as Tom Waits, the band’s soundscape promotes the origins of the blues yet provides the modern production and loud dirty riffs you sometimes beg for.
Their newest album continues their revolution, and damn it’s tasty.
Following the success of their previous album Burning Your House Down, The Jim Jones Revue have rolled on instead of braking by tightening things up and clearing out space on their new record. Sophomore albums may sometimes disappoint due to expectation, but expectation seemingly didn’t phase Jim Jones with the risk already taken by naming the album The Savage Heart.
Starting out with the riff riddled ‘It’s Gotta Be About Me’, a dingy piano beacons through the dirty production riding the coattails of the bass guitar to remind you where rock and roll came from (and why Little Richard made you dance so much at that one party).
The band’s answer to the modern rock and roll scene refreshes burnt out ears and revives that classic piano tone that rock music sometimes requires.
In true showmanship form Jim Jones moans and yells his opinion dynamically across the album, often questioning why things went wrong and hinting at a dark lifestyle the lead singer most likely leads. As the album continues he screams “you were always a dick but now you crossed the line” on ‘Where Da Money Go’ to confirm the band’s dirty style against the provocative, scratchy vocals.
The nine track album flows with a consistent and diverse range, rolling through dark percussive explosions before being stopped by ‘Eagle Eye Ball’, a dirty organ based groove that keeps you guessing.
Seemingly influenced by various rock and roll legends, The Jim Jones Revue carve out their own ground with The Savage Heart, consistently reviving yet reforms classic blues structures to please its audience with a reliable yet personal sound. It successfully veers away from previous punk influence and redefines themselves with an overwhelming and consistent sound.