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  • Audio CD (September 16, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tooth & Nail Records
  • ASIN: B001DSNFTQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,727 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wide Awake
2. Holding On To You
3. Busy Body
4. Paint & Picture
5. Sick In The Teeth
6. Cruel To Be Young
7. Fur Coat (Roaming Like Animals)
8. Valentine
9. Untitled
10. The Queen City Song
11. I Watched You, Out From Your Window

Editorial Reviews

When Jonezetta officially landed on the alternative rock radar with 2006's Tooth & Nail debut Popularity, it was impossible to ignore its neo-new wave grooves and overall infectiousness. Fast forward to 2008's Cruel To Be Young and you'll see that the Mississippi five-some elevates its creative palate to even more astute degrees, refined by endless hours on the road alongside the likes of Anberlin, Bayside, The Whigs, Mute Math, Shiny Toy Guns, and Meg & Dia (to name a few). Within a single second of pressing "play" on Cruel To Be Young, the performers incredibly tight chemistry and ambitious intentions are apparent.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dustin L. Dopps on September 24, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I thought the album "Popularity" was good, but not great. The songs had a certain edge to them that made them all seem to blend together. In fact, I don't know if I've ever listened to the last few songs on the album, because I usually switch to a different CD after 5 or 6 songs.

But this new album is different. The melodies are catchy, the harmonies and background vocals are spot-on, and the music changes just enough between songs to make them each unique.

This is what I wished the last "Fountains of Wayne" album had sounded like. This is a perfect mash-up of Fountains of Wayne, Coldplay, Franz Ferdinand, and The Thrills. Each song is great, and "Sick In the Teeth" is a personal favorite of mine, and not just because it features the amazing David Bazan. It's a great song all around.

Buy this album.
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By Don Walton Jr. on September 20, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Wow... what a difference Jonezetta has made in this recording when compared to their first album 'Popularity'. Gone are many of the fuzzy guitar riffs and synth fused 'dance rock' stuff. Gone are the nods to The Killers and contemporaries. What's left are some very hooky melodies and and much fuller power pop sound. Much of the album resembles something like Phantom Planet, a lot of fun and pop, taking nothing too seriously, and enough layers and variations to keep things interesting.

Worth a look for both fans of the first album, and people who didn't care for 'Popularity'. There's something here for everyone, and very few dull moments to slow it's momentum.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By threestarsmash on September 17, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Power pop is the aural sunshine in anyone's day. Jonezetta bring the sunshine... only to be called everything from dance-rock to alternative to indie. Add to that the curse of The Beatles, who set the benchmark for which all subsequent sunny guitar pop must be judged, and it becomes clear that writing power pop for a living can't be much fun.

The easiest way to put their misery out of your thoughts is to listen to the record. "Hold Onto You" will lift your spirits for sure, with its absolutely soaring quality. Like most pop performers, the band sounds tight, which serves them well, even when fielding more wannabe "sloppy" and angular fare as "Sick in the Teeth." The title track is a special treat, even if we've all heard it before---a jubilant flotilla of guitars like a chorus of angels, grandiose piano chords, lots of "ooh aah" vocals and a chorus that tarballs to the thoughts in your head so that everything reminds you that it's "Cruel to be Young."

The token acoustic-tinged number ("Fur Coat") is mercifully short at just over 2:30; its brevity is the only thing going for it. Other irritants on "Cruel To Be Young" include the jarring, non sequitur leftovers at the end of some of the tracks, which beg for a "Next Track" hotkey to be close at hand. Unless you enjoy doing the record engineer's job and decide to manually edit them out, they completely disrupt the flow of an otherwise fun, high energy collection of songs.

Jonezetta are not highly original, but the album is enjoyable enough if you dig guitar pop. Though not quite as saccharine nor unique, they easily share borders with
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