Jaguar Love - Hologram Jams
Ever since I heard the visceral sounds of Jaguar Love's debut Take Me To the Sea, I've been waiting for more. With that album, full of bombastic bass, aggressive guitars, and throat-stripping vocals, the band landed themselves in my top twenty of 2008 list. Now they are back with their full length follow-up Hologram Jams.
At first, I was taken about by the sound of the new album. Hologram Jams drops the most aggressive guitar elements and replaces them with synths and electronic beats. My initial reaction is that the band has gone from menacing to laughable. How can synth and drum machines that sound like cheap toys replace the tried and true?
It didn't take long to get the answer. The instrument used is irrelevant when it comes to Jaguar Love. It's the frenetic energy of Johnny Whitney and his intense vocal delivery that make the music what it is. You can set them up with a glockenspiel and a triangle and it would be break-neck rock.
On top of that, the songs themselves are damn catchy. They may not have the consistency of the Take Me To the Sea tracks, but tracks like "Up All Night" and "I Started a Fire" will have you bopping along before the second chorus.
It may not be the epic statement of the band's debut, but Jaguar Love have managed to avoid a sophomore jinx and dramatically change up their sound all in one fell swoop.
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