It's been almost ten years since I received The Jay Vons debut single,"Maybe I Loved You" as a birthday present. I loved everything about it and waited patiently for the full length...but it never came. Then, a new single...in 2013. Finally, I thought, a full length is on the way. But...no. Two more singles, one in 2015 and another in 2017 and still, I did not own a Jay Vons long player...until now.
"The Word" has finally arrived.
Before I go on, let me say this about The Jay Vons, Daptone Records, Crytopvision Records and the entire family, immediate and extended, of musicians and singers doing the whole retro soul thang. It ain't all good. At times, I find it gimmicky and a bit forced. All style, no subtance. Taking advantage of a recording technique and creating records that almost sound vintage is fun for awhile, until you realize, there are far too many real things out there, A-listers through D-listers, "chitlin circuit" players who 50 and 60 years later are still paying their dues playing small town stomps, doing two and three tunes a night along with a dozen other might-have-beens on the line-up. It makes it hard, at least for me, to get behind some bridge and tunnel kids, holed up in a Brooklyn studio making fake soul records.
But it's not all like that. Sharon Jones was the shit. And so are The Jay Vons.
That's my rant.
Now give a listen to some tunes from the new record. Ten years is a long time to wait, but The Jay Vons did not disappoint.