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The Jim Jones Revue: The Savage Heart

Album Review

Faster, heavier, louder... Maximum r’n’r from JJR.

Anyone still labouring under the daft notion that The Jim Jones Revue are a 50s retro throwback should be finally shot down by this mighty third album

The raw ingredients may be similar to Little Richard’s prime – booming guitar, frenetic piano-pumping, vocals so hopped-up they could make the dead dance – but it’s all delivered at such a frightening level of intensity that they’re more akin to The Birthday Party or Gun Club, or even Motörhead, at their elevated best. 

The real game-changer, however, lies with several distinct sonic shifts. Midnight Oceans & The Savage Heart is a trippy ballad swimming from the fish-eyed lens of the late 60s, while bluesy prison song Chain Gang, showcases extraordinary new pianist Henri Herbert, a boogie-woogie master for the ages. 

In And Out Of Harm’s Way is equally striking, with a tribal rhythm that starts off all Summertime Blues, then goes somewhere altogether weirder. Bad Seed/Grinderman Jim Sclavunos is at hand again to ramp the tension up to the hilt. 

A triumph from top to tail.

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