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Here's the Surprise
     

Here's the Surprise

by J.Z. Barrell
 
If you're searching for precious alterna-pop gems, J.Z. Barrell's debut release Here's the Surprise is quite a treasure. Like many underground artists, J.Z. uses old instruments and obscure sound effects to transmit his pleasurable, yet slightly off-kilter compositions. By having a host of different fellow NYC musicians lend a hand to the album's proceedings,

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If you're searching for precious alterna-pop gems, J.Z. Barrell's debut release Here's the Surprise is quite a treasure. Like many underground artists, J.Z. uses old instruments and obscure sound effects to transmit his pleasurable, yet slightly off-kilter compositions. By having a host of different fellow NYC musicians lend a hand to the album's proceedings, it's not uncommon for a song to sound completely different than the preceding one. And Barrell isn't afraid to take chances, like putting a horn section in an alterna-rock song ("Chamomile Tea"). Plenty of alienated anthems show up, such as the early Dinosaur Jr.-sounding "Don't Feel," and sweet songs about the joys of love ("Brand New"). Barrell also has a knack for coming up with material that you'll be convinced you've heard before (the great, laidback opening instrumental "Steep Tweed," and the airy rock of "Never Knew It Mattered"). But this is only due to the strong, memorable melodies and musical content, not to ripping off anything directly. If J.Z. Barrell continues to put out records of this quality, he'll surely connect with a large, appreciative pop-rocker audience.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/25/1997
Label:
N.G. RECORDS
UPC:
0706182000929
catalogNumber:
20009

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  1. Steep Tweed  - J.Z. Barrell
  2. Chamomile Tea  - J.Z. Barrell
  3. Don't Feel  - J.Z. Barrell
  4. Brand New  - J.Z. Barrell
  5. Never Knew It Mattered  - J.Z. Barrell
  6. Impossible  - J.Z. Barrell
  7. Bat of an Eye  - J.Z. Barrell
  8. Suitcase
  9. Beneath the Picture of You  - J.Z. Barrell
  10. 9:48  - J.Z. Barrell
  11. Lost in the Woods  - J.Z. Barrell
  12. Mr. Softy  - J.Z. Barrell
  13. Tree  - J.Z. Barrell
  14. Hats Off  - J.Z. Barrell

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