Reviewed by Meghan Player
2012 has been an incredible year of music, both locally and internationally. Over the last few months we’ve seen the likes of new and old bands releasing some of the best albums of their careers – once again giving fans a reason to fall in love with music. Even as the year draws closer to the end, we are still being hit with some formidable releases – and unsurprisingly, ‘The Savage Heart‘ is one of those releases.
From the moment ‘It’s Gonna Be About Me‘ slams its way through your speakers, you realise you are in for one hell of a ride. The growl of frontman Jim Jones over the piano driven melody is instantly engaging and infectious – a slight teaser for what the rest of the album holds.
‘Never Let You Go‘ is louder, heavier and darker than anything the British 5-piece have done before – hitting the listener with not only an incredible wave of noise, but an unquestionable amount of attitude.
‘7 Times Around The Sun‘ sees the band shift form, opting for a piano/drums ‘rhythm section’ with Jones’ signature croon, howling across the simple beat. Despite the change in tempo and technique, the simplicity of the track coupled with the gang-style vocals makes it one of the standouts on the album.
The dark yet downright sexy soul of ‘Chain Gang‘ will leave any listener nodding their head in respectful appreciation, whilst the infectious rhythms of ‘In & Out Of Harm’s Way‘ stick in your head long after the album is over.
It’s by final track ‘Midnight Oceans & The Savage Heart‘ however, that you finally come to terms with not only how overwhelmingly good this album is, but just how much more you want as the final bars ring through your speakers.
Without a doubt, ‘The Savage Heart‘ could be not only the best Jim Jones Revue album, but a big contender for ‘Album of The Year‘. The tracks hit you harder, feel darker and seemingly provide a working testament of a band that reinvent themselves time and time again, but never lose the core persona that fans have grown to love.
Rest assured, The Jim Jones Revue are back – and more dangerous than ever.