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Jimmy Jax Pinchak Band
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Album: Make It Better
Genre: Classic Blues/Rock
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Rating:8 out of 10 stars
Charles Harrelson and Laura Turner
Edited by: Charles Harrelson
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Due to some scheduling issues The Jimmy Jax Pinchak Band review was sent to two reviewers. Because the reviewers had very different opinions of the CD
we thought we would publish both reviews on the same page. Reviewers, Laura Turner and Charlie Harrelson both provided two different versions of the same
album. We thought you might enjoy reading how both reviewers came up with this diverse difference of opinion.
I really enjoyed listening to this album. The first song (“There Is More”) started out very upbeat.
It reminded me a little bit of something by The Wallflowers. The second track “On the Run,”
however was very different yet still a lot of fun. It reminded me a lot of 90's rock and that is definitely
a plus in my book. I enjoyed the fact that it focused a lot on guitar and vocals not all the extra stuff a
lot of people do.
Jimmy Pinchak's new release is breaming with touches of the classic blue infused player of the late 60's and influences
from some of my all time favorites. Favorites like, BB King, Santana and even Tommy James (more on this later).
You just have to love it when a younger person finds inspiration from the same people I loved when I was their age.
The title track was very catchy. I really thought the lyrics were well written. The instrumental break was
my favorite on this song. “Free Your Mind” was a good motivational song. The message seems to be that you
make you own decisions in life and it turns out the way you want it to. Free your mind and do what you love
because the world is in your hands. It’s a very good message.
Pinchak has great song writting skills. Usually musicians do not develop great lyrical chops until they have moved on from playing
and recording music. Only a small handfull survive in the industry long enough to really understand the effect quality lyrics have on a song.
Case and Point: Sting writes "DoDoDo a DaDaDa" as a member of the police. He goes on to construct some brilliant lyrics and songs as he matured.
Robert Plant turned down an offer to reform Led Zepplin because he said the songs were about youth and he doesn't see the world the same way now.
He wrote about Vikings and plenty of tiny hobbits" adds John Paul Jones in an earlier interview with Guitar World.
I loved track seven where they covered “Draggin' The Line!” It was well done but didn't sound
like they were just doing a karaoke version of it. They made it there own. Even without looking
at the names of the tracks at first as soon as the last track came on, I could insistently tell
it was Santana’s “Soul Sacrifice.” It’s an amazing song and an amazing cover, as well, by Jimmy Jax Pinchak Band.
One thing that stuck in my mind after listening to this CD was the two cover tunes. They are the best two songs on the CD.
There is a lesson to be learned from this. You need to write some songs that stick in your brain. I have been getting into
watching and listening to "The Voice" lately and one of the judges is the singer for Maroon 5. They do a song called "Moves Like Jagger."
I absolutly hate that song but I can't get it out of my head either. That is called Sticky and Jimmy didn't put together many
songs which could be classified as such.
I will give J.J.P. honorable mention for following my best 3 first rule. As an indie artist you have got to get the listeners attention during the first 3 songs.
If you don't the CD may be in the recycle bin by track 4. That is why an indie artist has to put his/her best three songs first on the album.
Besides the cover tunes which end the CD, the best home made tunes were the first three track. I typically do not review albums song by song but
the first song starts off with a great guitar riff and is a very powerful (Sticky) tune.
Rounding out the album was a pair of cover tunes.
The cover of Tommy James and The Shandells "Draggin' The Line" was obviously a song the band played live.
The whole CD's energy level peaked with this song. My only complaint was the omission of the lower alto part singing the final Draggin' The Line verse.
The song seemed to be missing something by this minor omission.
I still liked the version and wondered why other bands don't cover this song. It has a great beat and is a fun song to jam too.
Ending the CD by covering a Santana song is a great way to feature the bands percussion player but does little else beyond that.
Covering a Santana song takes courage because you simply can not add anything that makes the song better and if anything, the best you can hope for is to break even.
Overall I really enjoyed this album. As I got further into the album the lyrics and instrumentals stayed
consistently good. I intend to turn some friends onto this album, too. I definitely will listen to this album a lot of times.
Review by Laura Turner
Laura was very generous with an 8 out of 10 rating. This is obviously a good live band with solid musicians on every instrument.
What is missing is the genuine fun song(s), the songs that leave a lasting impression on you. The emotional songs, the ones that put a lump in your throat.
I just find it difficult to reward anyone but Van Halen and Led Zepplin for releasing an album with two or more cover tunes on them.
In the Studio
7.5 out of 10
When I review a CD I like to include an In the Studio section because the studio can make or break a good release.
I thought the recording was very good, but not great. I think Jimmy got comfortable with his sound and did not move out of his confort zone
very often. I think the addition of a Strat or a vintage Tele would help expand his soundscape. I know what it is like to get comfortable with your sound. It's like a broke in
pair of boots, it just feels right. Sometimes the recording needs to take the players out of their comfort zone. This is what a good producer does in the studio.
Review by: Charlie Harrelson
Edited by: Heather Savage
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