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Managed by the same impresario, who handles the Spice Girls, Jimmy Ray looks like James Dean without the nerve. His love for pompadours doesn't stop there since his music emulates Elvis Presley, Brian Setzer (Stray Cats), ... more »
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Managed by the same impresario, who handles the Spice Girls, Jimmy Ray looks like James Dean without the nerve. His love for pompadours doesn't stop there since his music emulates Elvis Presley, Brian Setzer (Stray Cats), and Vanilla Ice. The insistently catchy "Are You Jimmy Ray?" is the most successful of this approach, since when it comes to product placement not many publicity scams can come close to repeating your name 9,000 times over a drilling beat. Even M.C. Hammer had to occasionally slow down and tell people to stop. --Rob O'Connor
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Nicolas Mancuso | Montreal | 10/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Let's face it, I bought this CD for the hit "Are You Jimmy Ray?"; the only hit from this album. Upon listening to this CD, and consequently loving it, I discovered a true musical genious. While entertaining and energizing, "Are You Jimmy Ray?" is perhaps the least enjoyable song on the entire album. "Goin' to Vegas" is an invogorating, fast-paced song with a cute and catchy chorus. "I Got Rolled" is perhaps one of the most infectious tunes. The intros of "Daddy's Got a Gun" and "Way Low" are reminiscent of, respectively, the whine of climactic scenes in western movies and a country-western song. "Look Inside For Love" definitely has the most catchy hook, what with the "Doodly-doo Da Ba Doom-bop". The predominant instrument in "Trippin' On Baby Blue" is the harmonica, which gives the song a bluesy feel. A definite highlight is "Sex For Beginners", which is a revolutionary swing song. "Let it Go Go" is a wonderful little ditty and "Free at Last" is perhaps the best song of all. It has a wonderful beat and a hint of country-ness.This CD is extraordinary all around. While relatively short (35 minutes), it has exceptional lyrics and great beats and hooks. Jimmy Ray's CD is definitely pop, but with country, swing, and blues influencing it. Ray is a terrific singer and his CD is perfectly satisfying, exactly what one wants in a CD.But, be warned: Listening to this CD may leave you feeling breathless and hyper, for it is entirely upbeat. I recommend it as ideal work-out music.The only troubling aspect is that this CD is already three years old. There is no seeable follow-up coming out, so this CD may leave you yearning for the next. Let's just hope there'll be one."
ali | lynchburg,VA | 11/26/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wow!~ I like this cd mainly because of the song "Are you Jimmy Ray?"....but I think the rest is awesome too!!~ Its the perfect cd for dancin or just chillin with your friends!...It pumps me up!! :)"
One-Hit Wonder? But It's Great!
ali | 08/30/1999
(2 out of 5 stars)
"His first (and only) hit was "Are You Jimmy Ray?" a Top 10 gold single in early 1998. Aside from this fun, Elvis-esque retro jam, there isn't any additional material that would sell, but it isn't bad. Jimmy Ray's image is quite appealing; almost hypnotizing. His voice will do just fine when it comes to the retro-rock he hammers on his debut album. I especially liked "Goin' To Vegas." He may have one-hit wonder written all over his handsome face, but it's fun while it lasts."