13 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jukebox the Ghost has built a rabid fan base with relentless touring and creative songcraft, working in a pop construct that often has a difficult time breaking out of its somewhat restrictive milieu (bands like Barenaked Ladies and They Might Be Giants live there). With Ben Thornewill’s easy vocals and dexterous piano skill, their songs gurgle and bubble with charm and wit, and though it’s a relentlessly sunny world they live in, the trio skirts saccharine tones in favor of more thoughtful ones. On Everything Under the Sun, Jukebox the Ghost’s second full-length, the band’s sound is more fully realized, more rounded: standout tunes like “Schizophrenia” and “Empire” feel like cousins to Death Cab for Cutie (due in large part to Thornewill’s voice), while tracks like “Summer Sun” and “So Let Us Create” have a subdued, sophisticated tone, more along the lines of Rufus Wainwright. “The Sun” and “The Sun (Interlude)” sound like the orchestral pop of a larger band, and though Thornewill’s piano is largely at the center, it’s confident songwriting and smart arrangements that give these tunes such breadth.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jukebox the Ghost has built a rabid fan base with relentless touring and creative songcraft, working in a pop construct that often has a difficult time breaking out of its somewhat restrictive milieu (bands like Barenaked Ladies and They Might Be Giants live there). With Ben Thornewill’s easy vocals and dexterous piano skill, their songs gurgle and bubble with charm and wit, and though it’s a relentlessly sunny world they live in, the trio skirts saccharine tones in favor of more thoughtful ones. On Everything Under the Sun, Jukebox the Ghost’s second full-length, the band’s sound is more fully realized, more rounded: standout tunes like “Schizophrenia” and “Empire” feel like cousins to Death Cab for Cutie (due in large part to Thornewill’s voice), while tracks like “Summer Sun” and “So Let Us Create” have a subdued, sophisticated tone, more along the lines of Rufus Wainwright. “The Sun” and “The Sun (Interlude)” sound like the orchestral pop of a larger band, and though Thornewill’s piano is largely at the center, it’s confident songwriting and smart arrangements that give these tunes such breadth.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
182 Ratings

182 Ratings

funbox33 ,

JUKE THE GREAT!!!

Wonderful, wonderful, WONDERFUL! Jukebox did it again! This album is anything but a disappointment as a follow up of Let Live and Let Ghosts. They've evolved their harmonies, vocals, and instrumentals to a whole new level of greatness. Their sound is so unique and so genuine at the same time that it's impossible to not be impressed with their talent. And if you're impressed with this album, seeing their live performance will only blow your mind even more! Again, wonderful! Thank you Juke the Great...

jgaulz ,

Just Fantastic

This album exceeded every one of my expectations. JTG has really put together quite a CD. Ben Thornwille is truly an amazing singer/songwriter. Even Tommy Siegel, whose songs on teh first LP I'm not so fond of, has some songs on the album that are energetic and contagious.

The whole album is phenomenal, but if you held me at gun-point and made me narrow for songs to buy, they would be:

Schizophrenia
Half-Crazy
Summer Sun
Mistletoe
The Sun
The Stars
The Popular Thing
Nobody.

Bottom line: Just buy the Cd and your life span will increase.

nikisota ,

Buy This NOW!

Yes you should No you shouldn't Yes you should No you shouldn't Yes you should No you shouldn't YES YOU SHOULD buy this album. Power pop served up with a side of attitude. I have been listening to this nonstop for nearly two weeks and can't get enough of it. I seem to hear something new every time I listen. Do yourself a favor and just buy it already.

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