When you are into the industry for a long while, even the most creative bands and artists seems to lose their touch and while they will always have their own hardcore fans that will follow them to the end – the sad truth about this industry is that most of those that comprise it have their own sort of expiration date. Those who does get to survive, usually have to reinvent themselves and in many cases, become someone totally different.
In the case of Joe Jermano, he might be (and no offense here) a bit too old for most of this industry – but musically, he’s really still at the peak of his career and nothing shows that much better than his new record, Dreaming In Color. While most of the kids go for a very retro approach, the accomplished singer and songwriter instead brings the best of the hey days of modern rock music. Having Soundgarden’s producer/engineer Chuck Alkazian moving the pieces here and there, his influence doesn’t go unnoticed on this record, yet he does leaves some room for Jermano to bring his own touch. The album dives into a wide range of the rock spectrum from Grunge (“Losing Sleep”) over to Alternative (“Witching Hour”) with great perfection.
While fans of the aforementioned genres might get delighted and the album, to be honest, does pull a few nice tricks and twists around – the music does get to a point where it gets a bit tiresome. It doesn’t get boring, don’t get me wrong, but rather you get the feel there are a few patterns and when you are someone who always seeks for turns and an overall dynamism, that sense that you are listening to the same thing over and over again it might turn you off. Luckily, isn’t as evident and this really happens towards the end, so by then you might already get to enjoy the album… or not.
In conclusion, this is a nice record for you to sit through and enjoy. Rock fans will be blasting this record and it does showcase the talent of a real diamond on the rough.