J Church
One Mississippi

by Samuel Barker
July 15, 2000

File Under: Pop Punk
rating: B

1. No Jazz

2. New York Times Book Review

3. The Track

4. Where The Trains Go

5. Sunshine

6. Quick Step

7. Your Mother

8. She Says

9. Never Happy

10. She's So Mean

11. Diet Coke

12. Imaginary Friend

13. Anybody

14. I Reach For Her Hand

15. The Doctor

16. Cut The Shit

17. Leni Riefenstahl's Tinder Box

18. Sadie Mae Glutz

19. Jane, Vanessa, And I

20. Gulf Breeze, Florida

21. The Devil And I

22. Rich And Young And Dumb

23. J Church Sucks

24. Reaching For Thoreau

25. Christmas Lights

26. Stars Are Exploding

related links
  • J-Church
  • Honest Don's Records
  • Fat Wreck Chords
  • J-church returns with a new full-length on Honest Don's Records. This CD contains 26 new tracks and runs well over an hour. It's as pop-punk as you could ever want an album to be. At times they ever hop into the indie-pop sound. Lance Haun's vocals are very Micheal Stipe-ish, and leads to a few songs sounding a great deal like REM, which is bad by no means. This band has a very pleasing sound, and a hook that grabs you by the mouth just like a fish and keeps you singing. This album is one of the best things to hit my CD player in a while. It's a definite must listen for any pop punk fan.

    The sounds on this album are constantly changing. "No Jazz", the opening track, has a very textbook pop punk sound. While "Diet Coke" is a solo accoustic song. YOu can here the sound progressing from the opening track until the closing track. No onme songs sounds like the other, and very few songs use just one guitar, bass, and drums. There is always something else going on in the song which makes this album very intriguing to listen to. The accoustic guitar is implemented in a few other tracks, where it's not the main instrument. In "Where Trains Go" the Lance does a great job of blending it into the song give a nice texture.

    One of my favorite tracks on the album, "Anybody", incorporates a piano into the mix, as does the song "Stars Are Exploding". It's nice to hear a band use these instruments in a creative way on an album. So many pop-punk bands use instruments like pianos and accoustic guitar to change their sound or get more commercial, while J-church uses the instruments to expand their sound, and to add an odd, uncomfortable feel to some of the songs.

    This is truly one of the best albums I've gotten in a while. I was impressed from first listen up until the moment I'm writing this. The sound is always changing, and the mood is poppy, but dark in the same context. Lance does a good job of writing sad songs and making them sound upbeat. Reminds me of the old Steve Martin skit "You can't do a sad song on a banjo".

    This album is available from Honest Don's records for $10, which is a deal for over an hours worth of fine pop punk enjoyment. I have listened to this album more than any album in my rotation for the past few weeks, and I have yet to grow bored with it. It's a quality album filled to the brim with music. Pick this album up and J-church will have you praising the lord.

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