When listening to classic albums, I often wonder if the artists behind them had any idea of what influential pieces of art they would be creating. When listening to Give Me Mine, the latest from Jonas Sees In Color, I find myself thinking the same thing.
The title track of the album comes in like the beginning of an arena show. It’s catchy, colorful, and has a classic-rock feel to it that is irresistible. Each line has the imagery of a feature film, which, when paired with the stellar instrumentals, is a fantastic introduction to the album. “Dirty Little Sunshine” is very similar in tone; it’s almost nostalgic of the days when punk-rock like The Ramones dominated the airwaves.
“Black Coffee” is the soundtrack to the late nights with friends, where you’re driving around and your eyes are drooping, and you decide to go to a 24-hour diner and enjoy, what else, a cup of coffee. It’s energizing, and keeps up the momentum of the album.
If you’re looking for a note-worthy track that will probably be on many kids “To Learn To Play” list, “Red Hot Blood” is definitely it. Something about it is enticing, classic, and yet, refreshing. It’s the song to play as you go for a run late in the night, with nothing but streetlights overhead. In many ways, it may be the best track on the album.
Between “Harvest Pt. 1,” filled with heavy bass that beautifully accompanies the raw vocals, and “Harvest Pt. 2,” a provocative, clever track, the collective effort brought forth solidifies the album, which could easily be the soundtrack to a show like Supernatural.
Kicking off with a steady percussion and sway-enducing rhythm, “Happiness” is a brilliant rock-anthem. It gives “Red Hot Blood” fierce competition for the most note-worthy track on the album.
“Mary” is like 60’s rock getting electrocuted and made ten times more addicting. With a tune that rivals some of the best, it’s catchy, melodic, and fun to listen to. “Underground” has the same infectious energy, with a summer-love narrative.
Seemingly drawing inspiration from The Beatles, “Help! Help!” has everything it would take to be a hit, even for masses of crying/screaming female fans. With the group vocals, boppy beats, and optimistic/cheeky lyrics, it’s hard not to fall in love with the song.
Finishing off the album as strongly as it began, “Teeth and Gums” begins slow and steady like a rock and roll lullaby. It’s the bedtime story of legends.
Lyrically and musically, this album takes the cake; it’s original, fresh, and, more than that, it has a nostalgic feel to it. Give Me Mine is in a class of its own creatively; an extremely well-done album.