Great album that holds up well
EJ Honda | Slingerlands, NY USA | 04/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was my first album from Jesus Jones, but after hearing it I moved immediately to acquire "Perverse" when it came out. I have to admit, the name of the group intrigued me, but the music on the CD left no doubt that this was a group that wasn't going to rely on a goofy name. Most of the songs on here are ultimately sing-along worthy - a nice blend of danceable, guitar & techno-mixed, uptempo material. In my opinion, it's sort of a nicer, friendlier, fluffier, ultimately more approachable Nine Inch Nails. The hits from the album - "Real, Real, Real" and "Right Here, Right Now" are truly representative of the quality of the other material on the album, and NOT so far ahead of the rest as to make the rest of the album filler. Great stuff can be found in "Trust Me", "Who? Where? Why?", and "International Bright Young Thing" - songs good enough to get me to drop my inhibitions and sing and 'seat dance' on the highway with traffic next to me, and dare I say better than the commercial hits. The rest of the album is unique enough to keep your interest for many spins. "Blissed" I am."
What was that darned cat doing on a spaceship?
D. Sloan | PORTLAND, OR USA | 05/19/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Great album, of its time and still a very enjoyable listen (if you didn't overplay it to death like I did for a while). A high water mark for JJ, although Perverse (1993) and Already (1997) had many good moments as well and are worth checking out if you like JJ's sound. People often cite the strange name but it's taken from the first Alien movie, where Ripley gets startled by her cat, named Jones. Doesn't have any religious implications that I know of, although it is a nice play on words, implying a state of fixation on his teachings, perhaps. I'm pretty sure the band name clue was slipped into their 1989 album Liquidizer where they included a sample of Ripley swearing, "Jesus, Jones!""