JESSE: Self-titled: CD

Nov 22, 2009

A sweet “re-release” (with the needle surface noise between tracks, nudge, nudge, wink, wink), from one of the two projects Frankie Stubbs did between Leatherface’s death and resurrection. Originally recorded in 1997, quite a few of these songs, like the opening track, “Indestructable,” have already found their way into Leatherface’s live set. The tight instrument weave is there, along with Frankie’s rope-burned vocals and spot-on lyrics (i.e. “you are like lots of pages taken from different books.”), and the melancholy that can play as a celebration or a funeral dirge, depending on your mood. If you’re not afraid of the occasional acoustic number, like “Everwas,” that’ll break your heart if you’re feeling vulnerable, you really can’t go wrong with this. I’d unabashedly call this singer-songwriterly if that genre of music wasn’t typically a piece of crap. This, on the other hand, is fantastic.

 –todd (Big Fish Records)