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Strawberry Jam (Album Review)

strawberryrough-small.jpgWhat do you get when a punk-head and polka-rapper (as if there was any such thing) get together? The answer is Strawberry Jam. Make sure to put your bread in the toaster beforehand because you won’t want your ears to have all the feasting and you won’t want to have to get up and get something to eat while you’re listening to this, arguably one of the best sound-sweetening hours you’ll ever hear all in one sitting. I listened to it twice through back to back!

This album that was “thrown” together in 4 days (thus the title, 4 days at sea); while they never really were on the open sea during the recording they do have rhythmic sounds that set your mind a sail even when launching into the deep with such topics as the recent Virginia Tech massacre in “One Breath Away”, and only show slight moments of going adrift in “drugs”, but never run aground.

Overall their sounds are more practiced and tight then many bands that have been practicing together for years, breaking new ground and sounds into the Family with this album and doing so brilliantly. While 4 days is probably not the best formula for writing/playing/recording a full length album it seemed to hit the mark creativity with this free-flowing gang and their potpourri of easy listening music that will be around much longer then it actually took to make, for a change. It has no anthems for the Offensive or deep witnessing songs, but will no doubt become a dance staple for Family dance/parties for years to come. With all the hard metal there is coming out these days it is a tantalizing hour of alternative/blues/Latin/funky/R&B sounds that are just fun-loving and vibrantly rich, especially seeing that they are sounds you’d not usually expect from a bunch of teenagers, and they do it wonderfully.

This also marks the first real appearance for Florence, who we’ve heard before from Mando Bando, but this really highlights her personal singer/songwriter talent and vocal ability in songs like “Still Waiting”, “The Wall by the Shore” and swinger/kazoo blowing “Making Love”, that I hope is only the beginning and yet another wonderful female lead vocalist to our playlist.

While this album like its predecessors, Recycled, Heavenly Music, and Polka for the People might not be the best of news for some parents and J/T monitors with the content of some songs, we must see beyond that to the wonderful free gift this album is to that age group in particular who will most appreciate it, and would otherwise go elsewhere. Perhaps just ask them not to play “making love” out loud while there is a bible study going on in the same living room.

It highlights yet again what a few dedicated and greatly gifted (I chose the word gifted rather then talented for a reason) teens can do when they put their all and resources and energy together. We got a dynamic force that I hope will continue to make the right choices personally (like all of us) and together to make sure that this is not the last time we have such a wonderful jam treat.

How about cherry, blueberry or peach jam? I got my toast ready!

Download songs here

…or here and hear from them about making it.

Categories: Rock on!
  1. January 20, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    cool, I’m gonna check them out.

  2. January 21, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    I listened to them today, need to hear them with headphones, but I like what I heard so far.

  3. January 24, 2008 at 12:46 am

    Hey J, I decided to check your blog and saw that you were commenting on the Strawberry Jam album. I just had to read it. I love how you just say things as they are. I heard their album two weeks ago and I was bracing myself for screaming shouting or anything I don’t like…but I actually liked most songs. I agree with almost everything you said. Florence has a great voice.
    Anyway. Lots of love to you.

  4. Nymph
    February 18, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    I enjoy reading your reviews.

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