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Misadventures in Stereo
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Misadventures In Stereo, the third album by widely lauded singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jim Boggia, is unmistakably the work of a true believer and pop craftsman who's closely acquainted with music's capacity for... more »
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Misadventures In Stereo, the third album by widely lauded singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jim Boggia, is unmistakably the work of a true believer and pop craftsman who's closely acquainted with music's capacity for transcendent uplift. His songs get the balance right between devastating beauty and sadness, and the big fat joke that is life. Born blind in one eye and with limited vision in the other, Boggia grew up an only child with an acutely developed ear for music. His early fascination for such iconoclastic pop classics as the Kinks' Village Green Preservation Society, Nilsson Sings Newman and Stevie Wonder's Innervisons helped to inform an aesthetic sensibility that would push him to create album-length listening experiences on his own releases.
Boggia has gained impressive career momentum in a short amount of time. Blackberry selected one of his tracks for a new ad campaign and his songs have also been featured on MTV's Real World and ABC-TV's Men In Trees. He's developed a loyal grass-roots fan base for his dynamic, improvisational live shows. His work has been embraced by numerous fellow artists and kindred spirits, many of who have lent their talents to Boggia's albums. His sophomore release, Safe In Sound (2005, bluhammock music), featured key contributions from such notable admirers as Aimee Mann, Jill Sobule, MC5 guitar hero Wayne Kramer, Attractions drummer Pete Thomas and legendary '70s cult-pop icon Emitt Rhodes.
Boggia's first two releases, 2002's Fidelity Is the Enemy and 2005's Safe In Sound, established him as a critical favorite. Harp magazine described his songs as "captivating," adding that he "delivers the sort of intelligent, melodic pop music that ought to be a staple of radio playlists." Paste called Boggia a "first-rate audio architect" and praised his use of "lush instrumental flourishes, intriguing sound bites and naturalistic found sounds." The Washington Post made note of his "soulful voice, experimental instrumentation and an encyclopedic knowledge of pop music."
The qualities that have endeared Boggia to fans, critics and his fellow musicians are abundant throughout Misadventures In Stereo (which, appropriately, was mastered at London's fabled Abbey Road studios where the Beatles recorded virtually all of their '60s classics). His knack for merging melodic bliss and bittersweet, richly detailed lyrical substance is prominent on such tracks as the ironically jaunty-sounding "Johnnie's Going Down," the pensive "No Way Out" and the dreamily melancholy "So." Another standout is the baroque-pop underdog anthem "Chalk One Up for Albert's Side," which Boggia co-wrote with Tony Asher, legendary lyricist of the Beach Boys' landmark Pet Sounds. Particularly affecting is the haunting album-closer "Three Weeks Shy," about a soldier killed three weeks before completing his tour of duty.
Boggia s deep and abiding affection for classic pop is apparent on "Listening to NRBQ," a poignant reminiscence of a love affair strengthened by a mutual love for music. The song also doubles as a tribute to the title band, whose beloved guitarist Big Al Anderson plays guitar on the track. "8Track" and "It's Your Birthday" (the latter co-written with David Poe) further examine the role that music plays in our lives and loves.
With Misadventures, Boggia shows a career artist at the peak of his creative power, a self-proclaimed music geek for whom making music is as effortless as breathing. In a perfect world, everyone will be hearing more about Jim Boggia.
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A little bit of nostalgia here and there
R. DelParto | Virginia Beach, VA USA | 01/16/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"With the sound of the opening track, "Johnnie's Going Down," music aficionados of the power pop genre will get a hint of what's ahead. The record contains an array of melodic songs from singer/songwriter, Jim Boggia. Indeed, there's a certain something about each of the tracks that is reminiscent of the sounds of the past - the album cover says it all, but that should not discount anyone from taking a listen. And no, this not a record full of 1950s influenced melodies, but rather the 1960s and 1970s.
All 10 tracks have a distinct melody and rhythm that has tinges of folk, blues, and pop that may hook listeners to each song. But the highlight of the record for this listener is the melodic, storytelling, and ode to the good times of collecting vinyl, going to a summer concert, and cruising track, "Listening to NRBQ," and the last track, the most political song off the album, the somber and Black Crowes-like, "Three Weeks Shy," which could have easily have been a song played during the Vietnam War. However, listen to the names being read off as the song closes.
MISADVENTURES IN STEREO is a great record full of memorable songs. It has a bit of everything that will keep the music lover listening and playing the record more than once.
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J. Chasin | NYC, NY | 09/10/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Boggia's recent Myspace/podcast covers-- including Queen, the Faces, his glorious instructional podcast for the backing vocals to the Kinks' Waterloo Sunset-- provide a glimpse of the guy's encyclopedic visceral understanding of all that is good and tuneful and warm and human about rock'n'roll. He oozes this stuff out onto this platter, generous heaping helpings and y'all come back for seconds. He describes the record as having two sides (like vinyl), with one side about things that happened to him, one about things that happened to other people. But to me, the whole record is (sort of like all his work) a love song to his (and my) record collection. In "Listening to NRBQ," a song that will take you back to 1974 and driving around in your Camaro listening to music with your girlfriend even if you weren't born yet, he gets to a line that goes, "Then Big Al took a solo and it went like this." And if you've been paying attention to Boggia's career, then you don't even have to look at the credits because you know, you just KNOW, that yes, that's Big Al from NRBQ taking that solo.
Brilliant melodies (I'm talking, Paul McCartney brilliant), great vocal arrangements, winning songs, tasteful playing. Run, son't walk, to your nearest online retailer and grab a copy.
Jim Boggia Does It Again
R. B. Currie | New Jersey | 08/15/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Jim Boggia does it again like only he can. This new CD has a real kick to it! It takes the listener on a journey through life...the ups and downs. LOVE the pop and catchy sing along tunes. My favorites NRBQ, To and Fro, Nothings Changed and 8 Track. Thank you Jim Boggia for giving us a reason to listen to music again and for your very unique talent."