Take yourselves back to the start of the 21st century, as a beleaguered Chris Cornell cast his eye over the potential candidates for his new musical project. If instead of selecting the core of Rage Against the Machine, Cornell instead emerged with some guy from Counting Crows and some of Kings Of Leon, then the Jackson Analogue would probably be the result.
Despite Jackson Analogue being from the Isle of Wight, the West of Here EP is decidedly American, largely down to vocalist Rob Homes’ accurate impersonation of Soundgarden’s ex-vocalist. Indeed, opener 'Out Of Reach' and highlight 'His Red Hand' are both highly derivative of Superunknown-era Soungarden (albeit it with some organ thrown in to give it a more indie flavour) with the first of the two aforementioned songs adding a twist of Audioslave and the latter a dash of 'Molly’s Chambers'. Although most of this EP is straightforward pop songwriting, it is its most discordant moment which is most effective, as for one glorious moment in the introduction to 'His Red Hand' the guitars and bass seem to hit different notes, creating a cacophony of treble-heavy razor sharp guitars in a way more commonly used, currently, by the Bloc Party-led art-rock collective.
The one downfall comes in the form of overly-twee ballad ‘Disco’, the stripped-down, acoustic nature of which does not lend itself well to Homes’ voice making it sound more Crash Test Dummies than is permitted in 2006. Added to this, the melody sounds a lot like Brahms’ famous lullaby ‘Berceuse’, which is fine if you’re two or a parent praying for a good night’s sleep, but not a whole lot of use otherwise.
As a whole though, the West of Here EP is solid in spite of its one insipid moment, unless you’re a hater of American music circa 1995 in which case you’ll find it all equally disappointing.
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