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Jealous Sound, The - A Gentle Reminder Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 9
Musicianship 8.5
Lyrics 8.75
Production 8.25
Creativity 8
Lasting Value 8.25
Reviewer Tilt 9
Final Verdict: 85%
Member Ratings
Vocals 9
Musicianship 9
Lyrics 9.25
Production 8.5
Creativity 8.5
Lasting Value 8.75
Reviewer Tilt 9
Average: 89%
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Jealous Sound, The - A Gentle Reminder

Reviewed by: Blake Solomon (01/23/12)
The Jealous SoundA Gentle Reminder
Record Label: Music Is Subjective / The Fontana Group
Release Date: January 31, 2012


It’s safe to say the last time we heard from The Jealous Sound - whether that was on 2008’s too-short-but-sweet Got Friends EP or on their now-classic 2003 LP Kill Them With Kindness - we were all different people. (And if the last you heard of Blair Shehan’s gravelly pipes was on a Knapsack album, well, how are your kids and/or grandkids?) Whatever. Point is, it hasn’t so much been a wild ride, but a slow, meandering one. The fact that this release is even coming out is in and of itself sort of a punk-rock miracle. And the fact that A Gentle Reminder (GET it?) packs the same post-midwest-emo-blah blah as the band’s earlier landmarks is even more special. 9 years may have passed, but not a step has been missed.

Even more so than with Knapsack, Blair Shehan’s vocals are the true force propelling The Jealous Sound. The way he moans into the distance, “Pray you don’t know how this feels” on “Your Eyes Were Shining," the understated strain-into-melody on opener “Beautiful Morning,” – it’s sort of like running into an old friend after years away, yet you can talk and talk for hours. More so than many scene staples, Shehan can’t help but emote over the indie-pop inclinations of his and Pedro Benito’s guitar tones. It makes for a listening experience that is somehow peaceful and cathartic.

But I suppose the "problem" with something like A Gentle Reminder is that it’s just that. Even though we are different people, we still hold inside us those wide-eyed youngsters who found solace in “Anxious Arms” or “Recovery Room.” Will this album ever be able to trump those sounds so deeply ingrained into our brains? No, sadly. Is it unfair for us to expect it to, though? Definitely, positively, absolutely. If anything, it’s clear this current iteration of the band (which now features, at least on this album, bassist Nate Mendel of the Foo Fighters) also cherishes those songs. That’s not to say that A Gentle Reminder feels like a rehash or a grab at the past. A song like “Perfect Timing,” with its rumbling bass-led verses and explosive, indie-rock chorus (complete with Oh Oh’s!) is far and away a more well-constructed song than most of the fare on the sort-of reactionary Kill Them With Kindness. It’s not comparing apples to oranges, rather looking at The Jealous Sound’s lifespan is proof that re-teaching yourself something old will always produce something fresh.

In their best form, The Jealous Sound were always a band that seemed to understand their fans on a completely humbling level. Perhaps that’s what made their inactivity so hard to swallow. People had been looking up to Blair Shehan for quite a long time before he sort of just disappeared. That’s not a dig, there are a million billion different reasons people fade out of our lives. But I think what is so moving about this new album, and especially finale, “Waiting For Your Arrival,” with its lines, “Im just so glad you came / When you least expect me there / I will be there…”, is that the revolving door policy of life isn’t one way. People can always come back. Regardless of circumstance, if they are willing to return, shouldn’t we at least hear them out? The Jealous Sound may have gone away, and we may have even forgotten about them for a time, but in this instance their return is just as glorious as that inevitably special first meeting.


Recommended If You Like: Knapsack, Sunny Day Real Estate, The Fire Theft, Matt Pond PA


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09:32 PM on 01/23/12
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zbrmike79
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such an amazing album
so happy that they're back.
12:20 AM on 01/24/12
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I'll tell you this: I'm a big fan of post-midwest-emo-blah blah.
05:35 AM on 01/24/12
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If you remove the specifics regarding The Jealous Sound, the overall message of this review could be applied to so many bands that are coming off of hiatuses. Good job, Blake.
05:43 AM on 01/24/12
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Don't be dissing Knapsack. Still get gooesbumps listening to "Cold Enough to Break". But "Boxing Gloves" will always be my all time favorite of theirs. So glad to see this band back with a record out. They are playing in Chicago soon and I could not be more excited.
06:58 AM on 01/24/12
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Don't be dissing Knapsack. Still get gooesbumps listening to "Cold Enough to Break". But "Boxing Gloves" will always be my all time favorite of theirs. So glad to see this band back with a record out. They are playing in Chicago soon and I could not be more excited.
i don't remember dissing them?
07:28 AM on 01/24/12
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I've never heard this band before, but what I'm hearing on Youtube sounds pretty good. Thanks.
07:46 AM on 01/24/12
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Great review, great album.
07:59 AM on 01/24/12
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Arghhh too much want
09:19 AM on 01/24/12
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Wish it had some more fast songs like the first album
09:33 AM on 01/24/12
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As much as I like this album, I can't help but feeling like I'd rather listen to Kill Them With Kindness. Such is the problem when your debut is as good as KTWK was.

Regardless, I'll be buying it when it officially comes out next week.
12:35 PM on 01/24/12
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Great review. Love the album.
01:12 PM on 01/24/12
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I'm so glad that a) this band is back; b) this record is awesome; and c) that Blake reviewed it and did its awesomeness justice.
01:37 PM on 01/24/12
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I'll tell you this: I'm a big fan of post-midwest-emo-blah blah.
This.
01:47 PM on 01/24/12
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I'll tell you this: I'm a big fan of post-midwest-emo-blah blah.
we all are!!!
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