ALBUM: Jr. Juggernaut – Wake

Release Date: August 28th, 2012
Label: Paper + Plastick Records
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Facebook: www.facebook.com/jrjuggernaut
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Now, even fans of the genre will admit that it’s pretty damn difficult to get excited about alt-country, this was true even in a time when people actually cared about alt-country. Fast-forward to 2012, however, and you have yourself a whole new level of apathy, a level that you think would be fairly unrivalled. That is, until the vocals kick in at around the half-minute mark on ‘Wake’‘s opener, ‘Sleeping Softly’.

Ladies and gentlemen, the only person who sounds like he could conceivably care less about this album than you will/do is vocalist, Mike Williamson. It’s completely understandable that the delivery would be laid back, it’s a pretty subdued record, apart from one moment of absolute madness during ‘Heaven Knows My Name’, where the distortion is cranked up for an entire eight seconds to the point where you actually notice it (unfortunately, though, this sounds more annoyingly awkward than disturbingly dangerous due to some incredibly unnatural sounding production). But, it’s extremely difficult to take a single lyric of his seriously, as they’re all delivered in a manner reminiscent of a child being made to read out his creative writing homework to the class.

Don’t take it the wrong way, there’s nothing in particular that stands out as being bad about this album. The instrumentation is absolutely fine (it has to be said that the drummer is doing his absolute best to inject some life into the tracks), the problem is more that there’s nothing that really stands out at all. It’s extremely run-of-the-mill in every possible way. Lyrically, it’s as bland as they come, with pearls such as “I took the night shift to survive” on the creatively titled ‘Night Shift’, it’s about as structurally variant as a road sign and it goes on for the best part of 50 minutes.

“I don’t expect much, but it’s disappointing” – it’s not often that a band’s lyrics can perfectly summarise their own reviews, but it appears that Jr. Juggernaut have managed just that.

Written by Ryan De Freitas