Jeff Kummer - Your Best Alternative Label: None
Release Date: December 22, 2009
Jeff Kummer, formerly of The Early November and Your Sweet Uncertainty, is bringing classic pop punk back. On his first solo album, he brings things back to basics to make an album that is both fun and introspective.
Kummer kicks things off with 'Grace Period," which lays down the albums premise, short and sweet. You can see the heavy Blink and NFG influence that starts here and is prominent throughout the album's ten songs. "Make Plans" is insanely catchy, starting off with a single riff that explodes after a single "Woo," and the whole song just makes you want to mosh. Kummer's voice is very good, so good that is very surprising that we haven't heard much of it during his career, until now. The lyrics are introspective and not always cheesy, minus 'My Love" and "Joanna." And the production is just enough, letting Kummer's voice shine.
While Jeff's comfort zone has always been behind his drums, his solo album makes it evident that he can pretty much do it all, and very well. The work may not be extremely new or exciting, but its good and enjoyable, and thats all that really matters, especially with pop punk. "Write Me Off" is singalong wonder, one of the best on the album. But nothing topped "Playing Games" at the albums end, which expresses Kummer's will to just get up and make things change, not just wait for it to happen by itself. It ends the album on an extremely high note, and just makes you want to push that replay button again and again.
Jeff Kummer really knows how to make pop punk, and make it without too much cliché or overly shiny production. Waiting for that new Blink-182 album? Well, Your Best Alternative is here to comfort you while you wait.
Reccomended if you like: Blink-182- Untitled; The Early November: For All of This.
I figure this is as good of a place to ask as any. How do you pronounce Jeff's last name? I want to play some of his music on my school's radio station, and I would hate to say his name wrong. I've looked everywhere for a pronunciation and I can't find one anywhere. I've always just heard him referred to as "Jeff." I would really appreciate the help, guys!