FURIOUS JONES

"Bread & Circuses" (Self-produced; 2013)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

"Bread & Circuses" is a really unique album with funky, interesting guitar, quirky vocals and crafty songwriting that draws it all together into a unique and well-performed package.

Vocalist Tom Smith sounds like a Frankenstein blending of Rod Stewart and Robert Plant, with a raw singing style that is irresistibly strange and wonderful. The music has a few punk elements but sits closer to the alternative genre. I hear little bursts of Jane's Addiction, The White Stripes and Weezer at different times and during different songs (and even a little Prince  as on "What It Takes) but it's never overwhelming. Furious Jones sounds like Furious Jones. When it rocks harder, as it does on the album's title track, "Bread and Circuses" really soars but every track is entertaining.

Like most albums with a new and interesting style, "Bread and Circuses" may not be everyone's cup of tea -- as on track nine where the band "Koo koo koos" themselves through the track -- but for those looking for something different: you've found it.

Furious Jones: Tom Smith on classical guitar/ vocals and Sarah Smith on drums.

For more information, check out www.furiousjonesmusic.com.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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