August 14th 2012
Reviewed By Tyler Hess
If there’s one thing that you can count on, it’s Jonathan Jones regularly coming out with a pleasant pop rock album every year or two, in one form or another. It used to be in Waking Ashland, then he started flipping and flopping between solo projects and We Shot The Moon albums. Last year it was his solo album Community Group, so naturally he joined with some friends to make up a new We Shot The Moon album this year called Love And Fear.
The first thing you should do is erase everything you ever knew about We Shot The Moon. Just kidding, you shouldn’t do that, just don’t expect Love And Fear to be exact replicas of Fear & Love (yes, they’re messing with us) or A Silver Lining. Sure, the infectious, charming melodies that Jones is known for are still present, but there are surprising elements that would bring back memories of The Beach Boys, but there are also synthesized instrumental and vocal effects that distort the normally clear sound of a We Shot The Moon album on occasion on the new album.
I’ve been a big fan of everything that Jonathan Jones has been a part of, but there was part of me that was honestly a little fearful that he might have been getting a little too comfortable in his own sound. I was pleasantly relieved when I heard his answer with Love And Fear, where he busts out some new tools and mixes them with what he’s oh so good at in the first place to make something new and enjoyable, rather than the same old thing. If you need an album for a good time this Summer, this one should be near the top of your list.
- Me Vs Myself
- Love And Fear
- We Can Wait
- When I’m Gone