Jacques Gaines’ “Something Wrong with Me” is an overall outstanding single from his first solo release in many years titled Volume Won. Gaines interrupted his journey through the music world a number of years ago after the early flush of a musical career faded into disappointment and disillusionment and broadened his interests into visual media and composing backing music for live entertainment shows, television, and film.
His return to writing and recording his own songs finds his music reinvigorated and inspired to a significant degree, but there is a small feeling I get from this track that he is still finding his feet again as a songwriter and performer to a certain extent. Give him time and the promise of this single will blossom into something much more remarkable and formidable.
The song has a smooth delivery both musically and vocally. Gaines is wise to not overburden the song with a lot of needless or overbearing instrumental flourishes and, instead, concentrates on creating and sustaining a mood instead. He has a pleasing voice, melodic and sensitive, though the reality of the situation he’s portraying here can benefit from a little more grit and gravitas in his presentation. His vocal performance sometimes comes off a little one note – as if he decided going in that the situation elicited one dominant emotion from him, heartache, rather than finger-pointing the lyrics imply.
The song’s video is professional from top to bottom. Gaines’ experience with a visual medium serves him well here and the video proves complementary to the song without ever obscuring the songwriting. The video has a muted color scheme befitting the song’s demeanor and subject matter. Gaines strengthens the song, as well, through its musical arrangement. Subtlety is key here and the light layered effect his writing and the players achieve makes this all the richer for listeners.
You can tell Gaines is glad to be back pursuing his first love and his skills run deeper now than they did during his early years. Consider this worthwhile track as a warm up for even greater glories to come. “Something Wrong with You” is a strong choice for a single and gains much from the accompanying video; it also has the effect of piquing interest in the remainder of Volume Won and I’ll be paying a lot of attention to any future releases from this talented performer and writer.