LESS THAN JAKE: See the Light: CD/LP

May 30, 2014

As I get closer to having spent fifty years on this planet, I acknowledge a growing grumpiness and curmudgeonly attitude to life within myself. No longer is it all puppy dogs and kittens. If asked, my favorite color is black. Therefore, I’m perplexed that I find the new Less Than Jake album an enjoyable listen, as after all, it’s a band I’d long lost interest in, really. However, with a more ska- and horns-orientated approach being employed than on many of the recent efforts, this album finds me adding a hint of brightness to accompany the black. This isn’t going to change the world but it is easy to listen to and, more so, if you are a fan of the earlier material—it does a good job of alleviating some of the daily grind without raising the blood pressure to near critical levels—and turns out to be the soundtrack to a partial smile. 

 –Rich Cocksedge (Fat)