Romantic and heartfelt can come in many shapes and forms, as many bands and artists have shown us over and over again. Same thing can be said about the opposite to love and tenderness. However, from the past few decades, courtesy of talents such as Elvis Presley and at some extent The Beatles and Rolling Stones – Ballads and Rock N’ Roll have found a ground where they can blend together into magical songs that still are part of our own popular culture.
John David & Jerks’ new album I Love You Means I’m Lucky captures all the above into perfection. As many rock bands evolve into something else, John and his band stays truth to the roots with its melodic guitars and vocals while adding a few nice touches of Americana into the mix creating a fun record for the ages. The album navigates between decades with songs that takes us back into the 60s era of The Beatles (“Blizzard Road” and “I’ll Die Of Grief”) to the haunting and dreamy era of the 90s and early 00’s (“Swedish Dream”). This helps the record, and therefore the band, reaching a wider audience – which is always a welcoming thing.
Now, while the entire production and album is great, towards the end –and kinda contradicting myself a bit here- this album isn’t exactly for everyone. While those who are really into old school music a la Rolling Stone or Neil Young or even some modern as Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers and Iron & Wine – these groups comprise some of the best of two particular genres. Meaning, if you are into none of those styles, it might be difficult to enjoy the record. Those seeking for some energy and overall insanity in their music might find this material, unfortunately, a bit boring.
Criteria - 80%
In the end, I Love You Means I’m Lucky by John David & Jerks is a nice follow up to their past materials, showcasing some nice ranges and artistry overall. The familiar vocals are great and music never feels as a ripoff, in any case, rather a nice rendition to those great talents that pave the way for musicians like John and the Jerks.