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Jackopierce

Everywhere All the Time

Review by Gary Hill

Alternative rock meets pop rock like the Beatles on this effective set. There are other elements like Celtic and country that show up here and there. All in all, this is quite a cool disc.

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Track by Track Review
Into Me
I really like this tune. It does a great job of grabbing the listener. There’s a lot of classic rock and pop music in the mix, yet there’s also a bit of a twang here. Some of the arrangement calls to mind The Beatles, too.
Finally Free
A bit mellower, this is also more modern in sound. There’s a real alternative rock vibe, but some of that twang is still retained. A tasty melodic guitar solo is a nice touch.
Around Me
The twang is gone here. This is a high energy melodic rocker that has a lot of that modern alternative rock in the mix. Yet, some of those Beatles references pop up here and there, too.
We Can Work It Out
Pop rock is certainly the order of business here. This is a melodic and layered arrangement. The hook is catchy and this is arguably the most accessible and powerful cut in the whole set.
Listen To Me
Whistling and a shuffling rhythm section opens this number. It moves out into more of a folk rocker that’s got some of that twang back. Still, it’s not far removed from modern alternative rock and pop music.
Alright By Me
We get more energy here and a more straightforward alternative rock sound. This isn’t extremely unique, but it’s quite good. It’s just plain fun and very catchy. There’s a bit of a Celtic-inspired jam near the end.
Change Your Mind
While the majority of this cut is in a rather overly clichéd alternative rock sound, the screaming guitar solo is awesome and does a great job of elevating this thing.
Killin Me
The most purely balladic piece of the disc, this is melodic and accessible and quite effective.
Let Go Of Me
While this is a mellower tune, it has more energy than a ballad. It’s a good tune and one that’s a bit different from a lot of the other material here.
Lonely
Here we get a bouncy sort of cut that’s probably more folk rock than it is anything else. That said, it still fits into an alternative pop basket.
Three Of Us In A Boat (Reggae version)
As you might guess from the parenthetical, this has a reggae vibe to it. It’s bouncy and a catchy and a nice change. It’s also a great way to end the set in style.
 
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