"I would like to apologize to Jonah Michea Judy for incorrectly writing his middle name as Michael in the review of his EP last month. JMJ kicks it into high gear with the 17 song epic Milk Sink. The record is once again just JMJ and his big voice accompanied by an acoustic guitar that JMJ tears into with passionately played rhythms in which he literally hammers the guitar, which is always a positive. JMJ also delivered the goods vocally sounding at times like a cross between David Cassidy and the dude from Nickelback.
Some great songs are definitely present on this record like the excellent “Decompose,” with it’s tasty little guitar hook and haunting delivery. The production quality of JMJ’s stuff is stellar as he comes through perfectly . Very well done, crisp and clean. This is evident on my favorite song on the record, the title track “Milk Sink.” A dreamy tune which has JMJ in a spirited performance that is captured so well that you feel like the music is being played live in the room.
The only downside for me is that JMJ tends to get a little growly with his singing like in “Turnpike” and “Canes and Bottles.” Those are minor issues that are based upon personal preference and not overall chops as JMJ is truly a talent. Pick up his Milk Sink. It’s really good work."
-What's Up Music, Bellingham, WA's monthly music publication.
"The innocuous title of this album alone was enough to pique my interest. In the generally cutthroat music industry, shock is always in and bland is always...well, bland. I felt that what I had encountered was either an artist with courage or a musician with little marketing sense. Had the subtle but evocative artwork not elevated my curiosity further, I might not have bothered to find out which. The word "courage" barely begins to describe Mr. Judy. Armed with a single acoustic guitar and his one-of-a-kind voice, he embarks on a 17-track journey of emotive, snarling poetry. With titles like "Onion Poultice" and "Ms. Cook and the Fastening Infants," much of his lyrics defy description, just as his music defies genre. One part Dylan, one part Beck and one part Henry Rollins, Jonah Michea Judy seems to be not only fearless, but maniacally devoted to his art. If you like your music chock full of snappy hooks, tried-and-true stories about breakups or fancy production tricks, give this one a pass — I think Nickelback just came out with a new album. For those who like a little experimentation, lyrics that are 100 percent poetry and zero percent schlock and a bare-bones-style production sensibility, you might want to give this one a listen."
-Brent Fleury, "Bold Life" (www.boldlife.com)
"I was quite happy when the North Carolina based emo-acoustic singer songwriter, Jonah Michea Judy, contacted with a submission to the site. Normally, I have to tread through the abyss of MySpace pages, and search through peoples "top friends" and the like to hopefully, stumble across a musician that seems to have "the goods." And by "the goods" I mean, someone who seems to have that unique spirit to their music — demanding that you take notice. Such is the work of Jonah Michea Judy.
On first listen to this evocative singer, I was immediately transported to the early days of my college life when hordes of us would travel into downtown Philadelphia to see the then both alive and great Elliott Smith. Like Smith, Judy plays a type of song that plunges into the deep ravines and chasms of the soul. With musicians like these, it is kind of like staring into the sun; there is a deep part of you so very tempted to look but when you do, you know it hurts. And the passion that Judy sings with equates to such an experience.
Judy plays a solitary acoustic guitar, that could at times sound as soft as his breathy verses or as raw and passionate as his vocally explosive choruses. Imagine a mixture of previously mentioned Elliott Smith, with a little Trent Reznor circa Broken era and Dashboard Confessional.
It's good stuff. So take a listen."
-Mark Dougherty, (www.reactormedia.blogspot.com)
Included with a copy of Milk Sink:
-Seventeen original songs.
-Eight page, full color booklet with lyrics and artwork.
-Full-color image on disc face.
-Plastic free jacket, (keeps CD and artwork warm.)
I recorded this album in Horse Shoe, North Carolina in the summer of 2007 inside of three different small and wonderful houses that we built. A lot of it was live. I love the birds in the recordings. Rented, borrowed and bought mics on an analog four track.
My partner/wife is responsible for the outstanding visual art. It could not have been what it is without her and my family.