‘Sugar For My Soul’
Reekus Records – www.reekus.com
Sweet Jane have impressed live with gigs with both Glasvegas and The View, although don’t confuse them with the bands they supported. The sound is a melting pot of multiple bands, there some Curve tinges here and there hints of sub Cocteau / Marychain influences minus the guitar distortion,and Muses, as in the Throwing Muses stylings, even the mid-80’s sound of the Rolling Stones on one song – but mostly it’s of Sweet Jane. They are described as Psychedelic dream-pop rock ‘n’ roll.
’Sugar For My Soul’ has already been released in Ireland to glowing press comments, and at the time of this review is just about to be available in the UK.
Add a little distortion or white noise, to ‘Texas Tears’ and the song would not be out for place on a Nectarine No.9 or Jesus And The Marychain EP. The song, ‘Something For My Soul’ I can see as a live favourite, the song works here as well, if only the guitars had a little more air to breath, they just seem a little subdued, but it cannot stop the song being a good track. The production on the whole, I guess, this psychedelic album, in 2011, could be tailor made for iTunes and the rest; those songs were I wanted the guitar to soar or the vocal to linger and decay, even scream and shout – all of which, could have added an extra dimension or two to the album, and sadly it’s not present. Harsh? After all, isn’t this a rock ‘n’ roll album?
The Irish press loved ‘Sugar For My Soul’ with words like “Triumphant”, “Majestic”, even Ireland’s Mirror Newspaper claiming this album “was album of the year”. Sorry lads, but you need to get out more, live the band are probably even more convincing, that is all I can can come up with. ‘Sugar For My Soul’ is competent, solid good psychedelica influenced album with some good songs. The production could have been a little but less oppressive, it’s not really bad, but it’s all a little safe, the bands that must have had an influence on Sweet Jane, did mot on the whole, do that, and took a few more chances, a little further. I like where Sweet Jane are coming from, it’s tight, assured and realised, but what fire they bring, just needs to burn a little brighter.