11 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After winning fans through a series of small-label releases, Mason Jennings gained major label exposure with 2006’s Boneclouds. He was more than ready — this Minneapolis-based artist is a worthy heir to the folk-based singer/songwriter tradition of the 1960s and ‘70s. Jennings’ vocals and melodies recall Plastic Ono Band-period John Lennon, a connection underscored by Noah Georgeson’s nicely sparse production. Acoustic guitar, piano and drums (played with notable verve by David King) provide the skeleton for Boneclouds’ sound. But it’s the lyrics that are the real meat here. Whether he’s serenading a lover with surrealist compliments (“Gentlest Hammer”), telling a tall tale from New Orleans (“Jackson Square”) or delineating a bittersweet break-up scene (“Moon Sailing On The Water”), Jennings’ words linger in the mind like waking dreams. For all the weird incidents and spiritual conflicts haunting these songs, there’s an overall positive outlook that comes through. Boneclouds is a significant advance for this still-evolving talent and ranks among the best singer/songwriter albums of the year.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After winning fans through a series of small-label releases, Mason Jennings gained major label exposure with 2006’s Boneclouds. He was more than ready — this Minneapolis-based artist is a worthy heir to the folk-based singer/songwriter tradition of the 1960s and ‘70s. Jennings’ vocals and melodies recall Plastic Ono Band-period John Lennon, a connection underscored by Noah Georgeson’s nicely sparse production. Acoustic guitar, piano and drums (played with notable verve by David King) provide the skeleton for Boneclouds’ sound. But it’s the lyrics that are the real meat here. Whether he’s serenading a lover with surrealist compliments (“Gentlest Hammer”), telling a tall tale from New Orleans (“Jackson Square”) or delineating a bittersweet break-up scene (“Moon Sailing On The Water”), Jennings’ words linger in the mind like waking dreams. For all the weird incidents and spiritual conflicts haunting these songs, there’s an overall positive outlook that comes through. Boneclouds is a significant advance for this still-evolving talent and ranks among the best singer/songwriter albums of the year.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

musiclovesme ,

Surfing + Mason Jennings =Life

Wow! I don't know how i even discovered this but I'm really excited, because i haven't heard great new music in a long time. This album is great but personally i think that "In the Ever" is waaaaay better. Mason jennings truly is amazing and he reminds me so much of So CAL!!! I want to see him in concert!!! I've heard that, that is a real show!! :)

D. Carver ,

Be here now

Only way to sum this up and hopefully to get you to purchase this album and buy it now, is that if I could choose to be any song writer and write what I liked, I would choose to be Mason Jennings. And if you are not familiar with his work, this is a great album to start with. Nuff said.

Harry Webb ,

yeah it will

Watch his live show, it will change the way you see the world...I promise.

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