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Necessity: 4 Track Years

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The ex-Jellyfish and Three O'Clock member offers up a collection of previously unreleased songs, as well as more than a handful of alternate takes on tracks from 1996's Author Unknown . The four-track method of recording suits Falkner's jagged power pop quite well, the lower fidelity lending an aura as warm and fuzzy as the creative impulse that originally brought it into being. Falkner certainly isn't rewriting the rules of pop (the man is full of Beatles-isms), but ultimately, so what? There's still a charming emotional honesty here, in both the vocal delivery (most notably on "His Train") and lyrics. "If I had you I could never ask for anything again as long as I live," Falkner confesses, only to puzzle two tracks later, "I think I just found out the hard way, how you can give away too much." And yet he keeps on trucking. --Bob Michaels

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Shes Not The Enemy
  2. She Goes To Bed
  3. His Train
  4. Song For Her
  5. I Live
  6. Miracle Medicine
  7. The Hard Way
  8. My Home Is Not A House
  9. Take Good Care Of Me
  10. Hectified
  11. Road Kill Blues
  12. I Go Astray


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 24, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Spin Art
  • ASIN: B00005AVO9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,964 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Despite what the person below said, this CD serves as my introduction to Jason Falkner and I absolutely love it! I spotted this at a local CD emporium and could tell just by looking at the cover that it might be good. Then, I saw the SpinArt imprint and knew that it was worth a chance.
I'd heard of Falkner before but hadn't listened to any of his music. Anyway, he recorded most of what's here on a simple 4-track recorder. He plays all instruments and does all vocals and backing vocals himself, a la Emitt Rhodes. Everything comes together just beautifully. Every song has a memorable hook and Falkner can really rock out when he wants to. Yep, the songwriting skills of a great popster and the heart of a rocker. You can't beat that!
Another great thing about the disc is that Falkner gives you a huge dose of treble and only a modicum of bass, just the way power pop should be! The high end sounds great and the bottom end doesn't get in your face, the way most records seem to today.
Kudos all the way around for a fine effort!
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By A Customer on May 4, 2001
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If you're one of those people who has to own everything Jason Falkner has ever recorded, run out and buy this CD immediately. If you're not one of those people, I guess my only response is.....why aren't you???!!! These early versions of familiar Falkner staples such as She Goes To Bed, I Live, and I Go Astray show these tracks were melodic superstars before they ever set foot in a studio. As far as the "new" stuff goes, She's Not The Enemy and His Train are immediately accessible, radio-friendly outings that prove JF could crank out pure-pop songs with his eyes closed. Several of the other never-before-heard tunes (The Hard Way, My Home Is Not A House, Take Good Care Of Me) get better with every listen in customary Falkner fashion. Obviously, the demo quality of the recordings is not what you would hear from the likes of the Backstreeet Boys, but JF's music and voice has always been well-suited to a more earthy millieu.
Now if his next release would just be a double CD.
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By A Customer on April 30, 2001
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Jason's albums are some of the best, most polished albums I own. Hearing some of those songs stripped down, with warts and all, really puts him in a whole new light. The songs that you've heard before are still great, and the songs you've never heard before remind you why Jason is a genius. If you're a fan, buy it. You won't be disappointed. If you're not a fan, you should be, so buy it. It's a diamond in the rough that's definitely worth the price.
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It really says something about Jason Falkner's talent when his demos and outtakes are better than most musicians' best stuff. He truly is the Elvis Costello of a new generation, combining catchy, intricately crafted melodies with smart lyrics.
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