The beginning of â€œSeriouslyâ€ has an incredibly long lead-in, to which a set of vocals are weakly draped over the grinder-like guitar riffs. The same guitar riffs are kept for nearly two minutes, after which Lukeâ€™s vocals attempt to take the track in a different path, only achieved after a minute-long struggle in which nothing is sure. What does excite one about this inaugural track of â€œSeriouslyâ€ is the dynamic that the band has â€“ both guitar and bass are flying along furiously as the drums splash. â€œThe Roaring Twentiesâ€ is a tad more melodramatic than â€œThis Is What It Sounds Likeâ€; couple that with a strung-out set of guitar licks and what is created is a fairly disjointed track that is confusing to say the least. Continuing the jangly â€œwall of soundâ€ that started out â€œSeriouslyâ€, â€œLa Kidasanâ€ seems to be more of a coherent assault, with the guitars padding Lukeâ€™s own tragic vocals. The repetition that was almost overbearing in â€œâ€This Is What It Sounds Likeâ€ is moderated by the open-ended arrangements of â€œThe Roaring Twentiesâ€ to make for a great track.
The rest of the CD opens up to a brand of emotive-rock that is not unlike the fare released by Deep Elm records in 2002, with some of the basis forms of what would be subsumed into the larger â€œemoâ€ tag (melodramatic vocals, multi-part harmonies) as well as some other facets that just scream early-nineties alternative. Even though the disc tops the scales at over fifth minutes, one will notice the tracks slip by â€“ the spread-out nature of the instrumental arrangements on â€œSeriouslyâ€ are very conducive to getting into a groove. Taking a thematic note from ska for â€œThe Cheat Sheet on Beat Streetâ€, the increasing chaos of the track is only held in check by the fair calm and quiet vocals of Luke.
â€œSeriouslyâ€ is an album that has a number of themes running through it that will provide hanging-on points for Brian Jonesâ€™ listening base. Some of the tracks suffer from the almost comical pitch of Luke (Mother â€™04), and yet other tracks canâ€™t hold onto the very loose interplay between Zac and Adam. Brian Jones plays a very intense brand of music, and their â€œtake no prisonersâ€ credo leaves them out in the dust more than once. There are some solid sections in this disc, but like Disneyâ€™s Aladdin, finding these is like finding the title character, a diamond in the rough.
Top Tracks: La Kidasan, Mother â€˜04
Brian Jones â€“ Seriously / 2005 Math Lab / 10 Tracks / http://www.brianjonesrock.com / firstname.lastname@example.org / Reviewed 28 February 2005