CD REVIEW: Miles Jones - The Jones Act (Part III)
By Cyrus Rhodes - 11/06/2012 - 05:14 PM EST
Artist: Miles Jones
Album: The Jones Act (Part III)
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Rap/Hip Hop
Sounds Like: Seal, Eminem, Jay Z, Chris Brown
Technical Grade: 7/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 7/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Songs: Seal, Eminem, Jay Z, Chris Brown
Weakness: Overly Sonic, Synthetic Overdosing
Toronto based singer/songwriter Miles Jones just released his latest CD The Jones Act (Part III). Jones readied pop and hip-hop fans for the rollout of his new style with the earlier release of the five track EP Act So Strange, which includes a remix to the—the hypnotic, percussive single he released in the spring “All Lies” and the atmospheric sound of “Sweet Lies,” featuring Kayo and A-Jaxx—that will appear on the upcoming full length LP. The shift in Jones’ vibe began with the single “All Lies,” which he wrote with Austin Dovercourt III in the months after Runaway Jones was released; Dovercourt collaborates with Jones on four other tracks of The Jones Act, including “Catch Me In The Rye,” “Catch My Breath,” “Fresh” and “Somebody.”
The CD kicks things off with “All Lies” a hooky intro groove that delivers synthetic rhythm against mesmerizing vocals, all built on a rich sonic foundation that peaks and valleys its way through to emotional fruition. Track 2 “Maybe Tomorrow” shifts gears a bit with mesmerizing intro, eventually lending itself to a catchy Electronica dance groove delivering inviting moog bass, against thought-provoking lyrical content. Track 3 “Raw (Feat Tona) delivers yet another impressive track with its heart felt lyrical content and amazing finale. The CD makes a good first impression delivering 3 compelling tracks in a row. If you like artists comparable to Seal Eminem, Jay Z and Chris Brown you will definitely enjoy this CD. I would classify this music as Dance-Power Pop, With traditional Rap and Hip Hop flavors. Despite this it's quite amazing how refined MJ’s sound really is. I especially like the theatrical element of this production - very dynamic, progressive, and melodic. Note for note, song for song it will definitely keep you entertained with lush layers of melodic instrumentation, effective harmonies and impressive sonic touches sprinkled along the way. The arsenal of artists and beats Jones brings to the table is impressive. This is the strong suit of this production and its obvious MJ has put allot of time crafting this production. Clearly he is a capable composer/producer. and his vocals fit this style of music perfectly – passionate, heartfelt and sometimes pushing hard with dark and foreboding honesty. From grooving “Catch Me in the Rye” to my personal favorite “Fresh” (feat Kae Sun) to tribal “Catch my Breath” to grooving “Satisfied” and “Scorpio” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with “Sweet Lies” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. At times the CD sounds extremely synthetic and overly sonic - lacking strong musical depth and texture. Some have called this effect Power Pop backlash. As impressive as this CD truly is I would wager MJ recorded this whole CD's with nothing more a PC, a Program and a microphone. World class CD's of this genera make an extra effort inserting more live elements into the mix. Due to lack of musical depth it’s fair to say the CD sounds extremely one dimensional. I might also add this particular genera is very saturated right now so the bar is set very high with respect to the afortmentioned issues.
From start to finish The Jones Act (Part III) by Miles Jones is a strong musical statement. The music is highly melodic, entertaining and packed with many powerful emotions. The writing creativity of Jones is clearly a force to reckoned with. It would be wise to keep a watchful eye on him as the years unfold.
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