JSR: …It Roars: CS

JSR is the full-band project of singer/songwriter Alex Pelissero. Originally started in 2008, the band has existed in its current incarnation since 2012. I was a bit lukewarm on this initially. The opening track “I’m Not Gonna Lie, It’s Been a Weird Year,” is a bit tepid at first, with vocals over a lot of palm muted guitar. About halfway through, in thundered the full band with epic backing vocals and everything. I really dug everything else I heard from there out. I’m not sure if it’s just because I’ve been listening to them a ton lately, but I got a Bouncing Souls vibe from this, particularly on “Empty Towers,” which was my favorite track on this. It’s still only February, but I’m gonna go ahead and put this down as one of my contenders for best albums of the year. –Paul J. Comeau (Motorcycle Potluck, [email protected])