JOHNNY HATES JAZZ NEW ALBUM REVIEW: WHEN YOU ARE RELYING ON A TEMPLATE

ALBUM TITLE    :        MAGNETIZED

ARTIST               :        JOHNNY HATES JAZZ

GENRE                :        POP

DATE RELEASED:        2013

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The album title suggested that Johnny Hates Jazz would attempt to magnetized the success they achieved with their first album TURN BACK THE CLOCK where they had a number 2 song on the Billboard Hot 100 and a number 5 song on the UK charts.  But, they did not achieved it instead in this album, it was the band that was magnetized.  What does it mean?

Watch the official video of “Magnetized” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dvuv_KPFJk

There is this vibe in this album that they were following a certain template.  Thus, many songs here will remind you of other songs.  For example, “Eternal” seems like a track from Air Supply.  In “Goodbye Sweet Yesterday’ and “Ghost of Love,” you have songs that you might mistook as Take That track or sang by Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams.  In “Man With No Name,” you can find an uncanny musical resemblance with Radiohead’s “Creep.” So uncanny that you can sing along to the track using the lyrics of Creep. The same can be said with “Release You.”  It sounds like a reworking of Tears for Fears’ Everybody Wants To Rule The World” where you can also sing along using this classis 80’s hit lyrics.

Watch live performance of  “Man With No Name” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxVSxq5_xJs

 

It is not fair to say that this album is without good vibrations.  In fact, songs like “Magnetized,” “Nevermore,” “The Road Not Taken,” and “You Belong To You” indicated that Johnny Hates Jazz did mature and does not care if they can replicate the success they achieved on their first album.

Watch a fan made video of “Nevermore” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Brm-_oRgkss

This album is really quite different when compared with “Turn Back The Clock” album as it has a distinct sound and vibe.  If you were just born late nineties, you will find this record satisfactory and not a futile attempt of an 80’s band trying to be relevant in the new millennium.  With that I rate this record 3.5 stars out of 5 star.

Watch a visual of “Goodbye Sweet Yesterday” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tBsNhr4HDk

 

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it

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