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Jason Dove
We Should Be Together
(self-released)
www.jasondove.com


OK! Enough already… This so called "indie rock movement" is getting fuckin' old. Jason Dove's latest, We Should Be Together, is rock music's version of the sleep aid Ambien. The songs are unoriginal, the subject matter of the lion's share of the material is retread to the point of nausea-inducing and his singing voice is like that of Elliott Smith's, if Elliott would've had little to no imagination.

What's wrong with a solo artist or band playing interesting rock and roll? For the past few album release cycles it seems that groups want nothing to do with experimentation; settling instead for, and I mean no offense to the female readers of this critique with the following statement, safe, mundane girl-friendly music. Some of the tracks, "Every Aspect Of Entertainment (Part 2)" and "Slumber Party" for example, bring up the hopes of the listener that is looking for a shot of energy, only to send them crashing back down to Earth at what should have been a giant point of climax.

Try as I may, I can't seem to find anything within the sixteen tracks of this record that I haven't heard done a thousand times before by countless, far greater musicians. I hope that on his next record, Jason will be able to find his voice, instead of being a Karaoke version of someone else.

If you, in spite of what I have written here, do feel the urge to spend your hard-earned money on We Should Be Together, take a second and re-think your position. Leave this record on the shelf and move as fast as you can down the alphabet; pick up any Lemonheads release or better still, try out some old Elvis Costello or Pavement. It's painfully obvious upon sitting through We Should Be Together that that's what Jason Dove did. Only he should have paid a little more attention to what he was hearing; it's a little thing called talent.

-Danny R. Phillips


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