For You

For You

by Jack Russell

CD

Overview

Abandoning the hard rock genre for greener pastures, former Great White singer Jack Russell jumps headfirst into mildly psychedelic-influenced pop
ock on "For You," his first solo album. Russell's father had passed away before the recording of this album, and his enthusiasm for music was rekindled by the experience. The proof is in the music, which is the most inspired rock to come from the singer since his band's late-'80s/early-'90s heyday. Orchestral flourishes and layered vocals are a key element to the sound here, which often brings to mind similar efforts from groups like Enuff Z'Nuff and Jellyfish. But where those bands had a tinge of hard rock to their sound, Russell has little use for intense guitars and heavy drums. Instead, there is a sweetness to the approach here that gives his once (purposefully) shrill yelp a warmth he has rarely displayed before. Tracks like "Don't Know Why" start simple and cute, but slowly grow into flexible rock songs that move from tense verses to lush choruses with many stops in between. The variety shown here is only matched by a revitalized Russell, who refuses to cling to former glories and instead reforms his sound into a gorgeous wall of sound. Pure, unashamed pop music can be risky territory, but Russell's confident debut shows that this is a direction that suits his husky croon just right.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/21/2006
Label: Sidewinder Music
UPC: 0827596002023
catalogNumber: 60020

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