Tuesday, August 3, 2010

JJ Grey & Mofro - Orange Blossoms (2008)

Do you like soulful, blues-eqse music with a bit of a funky and country twang? What? You don't? Well, you're missing out then. If you do, then this one might be for you.

JJ Grey is the lead singer for the band hails from Florida; Jacksonville, to be precise. One listen to a few of their songs and you will realize right away that they love the state they are from.

Although not as prominent on this particular album (pictured above), the band talks about a myraid of things including small towns in Florida, how the state is being overrun and turned into a concrete jungle, and how Grey craves to return to the days of open swampland, cane fields, hot summers, and carefree fun and frivolity.

They have a few other albums out including a new album dropping August 24th that have all been fantastic up to this point; however, whenever I yearn to listen to their music I seem to gravitate more towards this album for some strange reason.

The opening track, "Orange Blossoms," talks about love and what people will do for it when they are young. Promises are made about never forgetting that one person's name, but, as the song says, years later, that name is forgotten. "Everything Good is Bad," is another great tune that Grey sells well. "The Truth," is a slower track that really accentuates Grey's voice, which fits the tone of band's sound perfectly.

JJ Grey's lead vocals really sell the feelings about the topics he chooses to sing about; it's sincere and refreshing. It's almost a throwback in a way. You can just imagine him sitting on a front porch somewhere in the middle of the Everglades just jammin' out and singing his true emotions on whatever comes to mind.

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