GENTLEMAN JESSE: Leaving Atlanta: LP

Sophomore album from Gentleman Jesse Smith. Thirteen power pop gems, including a song about murder (“What Did I Do”). That doesn’t really surprise me because the lyrical content of many of Jesse’s songs is dark (heartbreak, depression, living in a hellhole town). Sounds as great as his first album (well, the first album is mastered louder) but the songs are shorter and the tempo is more upbeat. According to the liner notes, these songs were recorded in early 2009, so I don’t know why they took so long to see the light of day. Douchmaster’s website says Jesse had a bad turn in his personal life for a while, so here’s to the hope that he’s okay and back to stay. “We Got to Get Out of Here” is the best of the bunch and “You Give Me Shivers” makes me think of Nick Lowe’s “Heart of the City.”

 –Sal Lucci (Douchemaster)