Country / Alternative / Rock
Artist: Jack Wilson
Produced by: Fluff & Gravy Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Jack Wilson is a singer/songwriter who floats between Austin, Texas and Seattle, Washington. Having performed live both solo and with full rock bands, Wilson has shared stages with such notable acts as The Neville Brothers, Sera Cahoone, Patrice Pike, The Moondoggies, Damien Jurado, Elliott Brood, The Maldives and The Weary Boys. Portland, Oregon-based Fluff & Gravy Records is set to release Jack Wilsonís self-titled debut album on March 6, 2012. I recently had an opportunity to preview the material.
Jack Wilsonís sound is a mix of alternative country, rock and pop heavily influenced by Neil Young folk music. His debut album contains eleven tracks featuring a variety of blends and styles of music and yet, I really wasnít very impressed. In fact, I was a bit bored. The only standout tracks for me were Clean and Black Hills Fiction. These two tracks tell very unique stories. The first is about a drug addict who is scraping bottom and has been for quite some time. The second is about the Black Hills Gold Rush as told through three points of view: the prospector who has set out for the Black Hills to find gold, the soldier whose unit attacks the Indians of the Black Hills in an effort to rid the land of the natives so the mines can be built and an Indian who witnesses the massacre of his people. Both songs are extremely dramatic and instantly moving.
As for the rest, Iíve listened to this album three times and yet somehow those two tracks are the only ones that really grabbed me. Wilson seems to have trouble trying to find his sound, blending several styles often times mid-track. However, thatís not to say this artist doesnít have potential. The two tracks I liked showed that Wilson can possess a thoughtful and uniquely thought-provoking approach as a songwriter. Iíd like to see what the future holds in store for him as he gains more experience in the music business.