J.D. JACKSON: Hello This Way: CD

May 20, 2019

I have a level of admiration for anyone who puts out there stuff for the world to love or hate, but this just isn’t very good. Musically it has a darker, somewhat melancholy edge that reminds me of less accomplished and more pedestrian Ryan Adams, but the vocals are what really sink the ship here. At times the vocals sound like they’re being first-time-read from a lyric sheet as the recording is happening, and in soooo many places the vocal delivery just doesn’t fit the melody, as if the lyrics are dactylic hexameter wedged into songs written for iambic pentameter. Nope. –The Lord Kveldulfr (Self-released)