The Jim Jones Revue’s third studio album The Savage Heart is positively overflowing of hardened attitude, spitting biting lyrics that are sure to resonate with both young and old kindred rock devotees alike. From the original rockers who never did quite manage to let go of golden age, to the rebellious old-spirited teenagers searching for their next retro addiction, this album will ignite raw passion in your soul from a bubbling place deep down in your soul that you never even knew existed!
Opener It’s Gotta Be About Me plunges you headfirst into the tremendous noise of deep hammering keys and gritty guitar riffs, resulting in a rather menacing rumpus, whilst Catastrophe and Never Let You Go perfectly demonstrate the rough, ready and downright grimy vocals of the band’s front man and namesake Jim Jones.
Where Da Money Go and 7 Times Around The Sun both have a very old school presence, echoing certain kinds of intonation that reach far back into the 1950’s fiery depths of rock and roll. You will find yourself unwittingly singing along to the catchy hooks.
Energy levels are, as always, through the roof on Savage Heart and what’s truly special about this band is that they consistently sound as if they are having an absolute ball of a time. Their enthusiasm is debilitating and infectious, making it easy to understand why they have been able to build such a loyal fan base.
Whilst The Jim Jones Revue provide a refreshing change in an age when pop, dubstep and drum & bass are dominating, the blazing five piece are really a niche band with a dedicated following, and their reach is ultimately limited. But who cares when you’re sampling and re-branding a genre that you love?
The tracks on this latest offering do appear to be somewhat repetitive. Whilst rock and roll definitely consists of a certain backbone of gritty guitars, piercing keys and guttural bluesy tones, the tracks on this album sound a little too similar, and become regrettably rather forgettable. But for fans of the band, The Savage Heart will prove to be ‘double delicious with a cherry on top’.