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Cruel to Be Young
Jonezetta
Cruel to Be Young
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Christian
 
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When Jonezetta officially landed on the alternative rock radar with 2006's Tooth & Nail debut Popularity, it was impossible to ignore its neo-new wave grooves and overall infectiousness. Fast forward to 2008's Cruel To Be ...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Jonezetta
Title: Cruel to Be Young
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Tooth & Nail Records
Release Date: 9/16/2008
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Christian
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Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 400000010953, 5099952188121

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When Jonezetta officially landed on the alternative rock radar with 2006's Tooth & Nail debut Popularity, it was impossible to ignore its neo-new wave grooves and overall infectiousness. Fast forward to 2008's Cruel To Be Young and you'll see that the Mississippi five-some elevates its creative palate to even more astute degrees, refined by endless hours on the road alongside the likes of Anberlin, Bayside, The Whigs, Mute Math, Shiny Toy Guns, and Meg & Dia (to name a few). Within a single second of pressing "play" on Cruel To Be Young, the performers incredibly tight chemistry and ambitious intentions are apparent.

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CD Reviews

Wow! Definitely different, but I love it!
Dustin L. Dopps | Portland, OR USA | 09/24/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I thought the album "Popularity" was good, but not great. The songs had a certain edge to them that made them all seem to blend together. In fact, I don't know if I've ever listened to the last few songs on the album, because I usually switch to a different CD after 5 or 6 songs.

But this new album is different. The melodies are catchy, the harmonies and background vocals are spot-on, and the music changes just enough between songs to make them each unique.

This is what I wished the last "Fountains of Wayne" album had sounded like. This is a perfect mash-up of Fountains of Wayne, Coldplay, Franz Ferdinand, and The Thrills. Each song is great, and "Sick In the Teeth" is a personal favorite of mine, and not just because it features the amazing David Bazan. It's a great song all around.

Buy this album."
High Fructose Pop Rock
Luke Rounda | Lawrence, KS | 09/18/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Power pop is the aural sunshine in anyone's day. Jonezetta bring the sunshine... only to be called everything from dance-rock to alternative to indie. Add to that the curse of The Beatles, who set the benchmark for which all subsequent sunny guitar pop must be judged, and it becomes clear that writing power pop for a living can't be much fun.

The easiest way to put their misery out of your thoughts is to listen to the record. "Hold Onto You" will lift your spirits for sure, with its absolutely soaring quality. Like most pop performers, the band sounds tight, which serves them well, even when fielding more wannabe "sloppy" and angular fare as "Sick in the Teeth." The title track is a special treat, even if we've all heard it before---a jubilant flotilla of guitars like a chorus of angels, grandiose piano chords, lots of "ooh aah" vocals and a chorus that tarballs to the thoughts in your head so that everything reminds you that it's "Cruel to be Young."

The token acoustic-tinged number ("Fur Coat") is mercifully short at just over 2:30; its brevity is the only thing going for it. Other irritants on "Cruel To Be Young" include the jarring, non sequitur leftovers at the end of some of the tracks, which beg for a "Next Track" hotkey to be close at hand. Unless you enjoy doing the record engineer's job and decide to manually edit them out, they completely disrupt the flow of an otherwise fun, high energy collection of songs.

Jonezetta are not highly original, but the album is enjoyable enough if you dig guitar pop. Though not quite as saccharine nor unique, they easily share borders with The Delays (bright sunshine-y digitally-enhanced pop) or Midlake (piano heavy, brooding pop rock). Maybe a few bits of Coldplay in places.

As for the "dance rock" label... well, it depends on what kind of dancing shoes you wear, but this is as easily danced to as pretty much any pop record. Under the Influence of Giants would definitely fit the bill if you're after involuntary body movement from non-dancers, though."