Jamnesia | Nothing New

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Nothing New

by Jamnesia

Great new original music. Diverse tunes featuring gifted vocalists and musicians. Exceptional music played exceptionally.
Genre: Rock: Album Rock
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1. In That Garden
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2. Y U ?
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3. Shahanshah (Great Not Good)
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4. Subprime Terranea Blues
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5. Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad ?
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6. Stevie's Land
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7. Sand in Our Eyes
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8. Passion Impasse
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9. Mystic Mistake
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10. Ice Upon a Pond
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11. Monk's Meditation in Eb
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12. Broken Deal
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13. Don't Think (Twice)
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14. Lettre Aux Anglais
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Jamnesia formed in Los Angeles in 2004. Their first CD, the self-titled "Jamnesia," was released that year to high acclaim. They now release their long-awaited second CD "Nothing New." This outstanding recording includes twelve quality originals and two covers performed by two exceptionally talented singers and five master musicians. The music is sonically dense and surprisingly diverse. The tunes cover a wide range of emotions and subjects: everything from being in love to the subprime meltdown and from Alexander the Great to Joan of Arc. The recording, mixes, and mastering are the highest quality. The artwork is nonpareil and is a detailed reflection of the individual songs. PLAY IT LOUD.

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Mike Hicks, Disc Aficionado, Pine Mountain Club, California

As Good As It Gets ...
Jamnesia's modestly titled "Nothing New" is accurately titled, for music that is this well produced and played never goes out of style. With the exception of the track Shahanshah, an album highlight that sounds like a lost psychedelic gem from 1967, none of this music has a date stamp ... it could have been recorded forty years ago or yesterday ... or tomorrow. There are some fine tunes here ( Lettre Aux Anglais, In that Garden) and many have sturdy guitar riffs (Sand In our Eyes, Y U ? , Ice In A Pond). Dan Hess' imaginative and lyrical guitar soloing is a highlight. check out "In That Garden" or " Passion Impasse" for examples. He's not just stringing scales together, but sounds like the guitar is directly connected to his gut. Two of the album's highlights are the brief guitar instrumentals "Monk's Mediation in Eb", and somehow he makes the Dylan classic "Don't Think Twice" sound new again. The nice intro/outro guitar of his on the classic tune "Why Does Love Got To Be so Sad" is a brilliant twist worthy of Duane Allman or Eric Clapton's original. The drumming and bass playing is precise and proof good players don't have to showboat. The cool electric piano in Sunprime T. Blues and the beautiful organ solo in Lettre Aux Englais make Nothing New more than a guitar showcase. The vocal harmony section in Sunprime T. Blues is beautiful and strange and worthy of Jack Bruce at his best. The way the tune shifts from a catchy funk guitar riff into the strange territory is an example of how Nothing New makes complex music sound natural. The uncluttered production and great use of dynamics enhance this fine album. Highest recommendation.

Robert Arias. -- Music Review Weekly

Best New CD
Jamnesia - Been wondering what happened to those guys.  Their debut was great. Now I know: they wer
perfecting their second CD "Nothing New." It was worth the wait as the new one is even better and one of the finest CD's this skeptic has heard in years.  

The musical style is all over the place and that is a good thing.  The opener - In That Garden - is a beautiful piece of Americana that is graced by goldenvoiced newcomer Jessica Burgan and by the subtle yet elegant guitar of Daniel Hess, (who wrote all of the tunes except two covers).  Y U ? A catchy pop tune follows.  Next up is Shahanshah, a psychedelically tinged recounting of the exploits of Alexander The Great (not Good) circa 235 BC.  

A second standout vocalist, Ryan Hanifl, follows on Subprime Terranea Blues, an assessment of Wall Street greed that is stylistically not unlike later Steely Dan.  Mr. Hess and the rest of the band then blow you away with an absolutely stellar version of the Derek & the Dominos classic:  Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?  Stevie's Land, a soulful dedication to Stevie Wonder sung by Ms. Burgan, follows.  Mr. Hanifl then turns up the heat a notch with Sand In Our Eyes, a critique of the Iraq situation which includes a killer slide guitar solo by Hess.  Shock and awe.  The stonesish Passion Impasse follows which leads to Mystic Mistake: great lyrics in this stream of consciousness burner (e.g. "Emperors insist, all are to enlist.  Check St. Peter's list before you carve your wrists.").  Two strong blues follow as well as two short instrumentals which lead to: Lettre Aux Anglais,"a belle ballade" re: Joan of Arc.  The musicianship throughout the CD is sonic perfection courtesy of Corvelle Conedy on drums and Rocco Prescutti on bass.

The obvious attention to quality and detail is also evident in the artwork.  Priceless paintings which correspond to the respective songs adorn the cover and inside.  We love it - Yeah, yeah, yeah ...

Dan Forte, Editor-in-Chief, Vintage Guitar Magazine

Like, Who Are These People ???
We last heard from this L.A. group when it released a great self-titled CD in 2004. Eclectic as it was, someone had obviously spent hours with a stack of British blues albums (Bluesbreakers, Savoy Brown, early Fleetwood Mac). This outing is just as good, and even harder to pigeonhole. The CD features two vocalists, drums, bass, keys, and harmonica, but it’s guitarcentric music. If the first couple of songs don’t tip you off, the booklet’s centerfold portrait of 11 cool guitars should. The man who plays those guitars, Daniel Hess, also wrote the dozen originals that make up the bulk of the CD. He also plays bass on half of the tunes; Rocco Presutti holds down the bottom on the other half.
“In That Garden” eases you into the set, with Hess playing some economical, beautifully lyrical, out-of-phase Strat. “Shahanshah” (in a Middle-Eastern vein) and the herky-jerky “Mystic Mistake” show some Zeppelin influence; “Stevie’s Land” is a tribute to Stevie Wonder; and Hess fingerpicks a nice solo instrumental arrangement of “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.” For the solos on a soaring cover of Derek and the Dominos’ “Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad,” Hess used a ’62 Les Paul SG, cranked through a 50-watt plexi Marshall. Playing, composing, and engineering – if Hess could sing or dance, he’d be a quadruple threat. The only criticisms are that the song titles and members’ names are in the absolutely hardest font to read, and there is zero information other than that – like,
who are these people? – DF