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Snow Job
Jack Frost
Snow Job
Genres: Alternative Rock, Rock
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Grant McClennan, from the Go-Betweens and Steve Kilbey together again and this time they mean business. A highly overlooked exploration of styles and influences, with rocking and rolling excursions into some great songs.


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All Artists: Jack Frost
Title: Snow Job
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Release Date: 9/4/2007
Album Type: Import
Genres: Alternative Rock, Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1


Album Description
Grant McClennan, from the Go-Betweens and Steve Kilbey together again and this time they mean business. A highly overlooked exploration of styles and influences, with rocking and rolling excursions into some great songs.

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Steve Kilbey rocks out | Atlanta, GA USA | 02/21/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"For diehard fans of The Church (like myself), the side projects of its members are extremely interesting and divergent recordings that, if nothing else, fill in the sometimes lengthy time periods between new Church projects. Of all the members, lead singer/songwriter Steve Kilbey has had the most interesting and varied solo career, but for the most part, nothing he nor any member has recorded can match what The Church produces as a group.But Jack Frost, one of Kilbey's many side projects, comes very close. Jack Frost is collaboration between Kilbey and Grant McClennan of the Go-Betweens. McClennan's influence may account in part for their strong pop sense and solid songwriting, which is very evident on SNOW JOB.What's surprising about this record is how much it rocks! Unlike the majority of Church recordings, Kilbey really lets loose here on "Jack Frost Blues," "Shakedown" and "Dry Dock." Traditional - some might say simplistic - rock songs, but carried out with gusto. It's hard to underestimate the influence of drummer Tim Powles, who would later join The Church and contribute to their updated, ambient-type sound in the late 1990s. He is perhaps the most powerful drummer Kilbey has recorded with, and pushes Jack Frost sonically.But most of the album is the sort of "jangle pop" that early Church records, and nearly all of the Go-Betweens' back catalog, are known for. Kilbey and McClennan make an excellent duo - at times, it's hard to distinguish one voice from the other. The result is the sound of a tight new band that is truly the sum of its parts, without carrying the baggage of the members' "day jobs." Very catchy melodies and superb musicianship throughout.If you search through the cut-out bins, you may find the first self-titled Jack Frost record, which is also excellent, if not more Church-sounding. But SNOW JOB is a highly recommended disc that tends to surprise those who know, or think they know, all about The Church."
Strong, solid set of songs
(3 out of 5 stars)

"A friend and fellow Church fan bought this cd for me. At first listen I thought it strange, but with each subsequent listen I've gained further appreciation for the blend of styles it represents. It's easy to tell what Kilbey brings to the table and which parts come from McLennan, and while they're stylistically different, they mesh well together and share a common thread.My favorite song is Cousin/Angel. I'd like to locate the previous recording released by Jack Frost, and I look forward to further collaboration from these two gents."
Good Job for Snow Job
Erik J. Fortmeyer | Brooklyn, NY USA | 06/23/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"If you are reading up on this disc, then I have to assume you are at least a casual fan of The Church and/or The Go-Betweens. Jack Frost is the moniker for the collaboration between Steve Kilbey of The Church and Grant McLennan of The Go-Betweens. Snow Job is their second effort and a fine one at that, much more polished and flowing than their first. That is not to say that Snow Job is commercial sounding. The only cut with commercial single possibility would have been the excellent "Dry Dock" with an outside chance for the quirky, two minute plus "Little Song". Steve and Grant really seem to groove well together throughout the whole album resulting in songwriting, music, and vocals that are quite cantabile for a collaboration. Both play bass, guitar, and keyboards while alternating lead vocals through most songs. The other will sing backing vocals then along with Russell Kilbey. Steve's trademark neo-psychedelic ambiance does pervade Snow Job but, Grant's level-headed storytelling keeps things from drifting off course.The bottom line: Buy it if you already really dig both Steve and Grant's solo material (or The Church's 1990s material). Jack Frost is like barleywine or Scotch. It can be revolting at first but, rewards greatly once you have completed training on the aural road less traveled."