CJ RAMONE: The Holy Spell…: CD

New record from CJ finds him honing his craft and the songwriting seems to be on a razor sharp edge. Backed by Pete Sosa (Street Dogs) and Dan Root (Adolescents), how could it not? The themes here are universal. Overcoming loss and standing up for yourself are things any of us can do if we try. The music is played with precision and concentrated melody. “Hands of Mine” shows that CJ’s not afraid to takes risks with song structures if the end result is beautiful. And who knew that Graham Parker actually wrote punk songs? Solid. –Sean Koepenick (Fat Wreck, fatwreck.com)