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Occupying the twilit space between Ariel Pink's lo-fi avant pop and the codeine beats of Chromatics, Nite Jewel's debut album, Good Evening, brought a glorious new slant to the golden age of disco and became an after-hours go to from the record shelf. Recorded when Ramona Gonzalez was still a college student, Good Evening was originally released on Gloriette Records in 2008. The album ... Read more in Amazon's Nite Jewel Store

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  • Vinyl (March 6, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Secretly Canadian
  • ASIN: B006WAF2W8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,964 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. This Story
2. One Second of Love
3. She's Always Watching You
4. Mind & Eyes
5. In the Dark
6. Memory, Man
7. Unearthly Delights
8. No I Don't
9. Autograph
10. Clive

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California native Ramona Gonzalez first began her transcendent minimalist dance-pop escapades in the privacy of her own home in Los Angeles with the aid of her multitrack cassette recorder. She very quickly developed her own unique sound, taking inspiration from European experimental electronic music and U.S. R&B pop, and began performing live in the L.A. area under the moniker Nite Jewel.

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By I. Gibbons on June 13, 2014
Format: Audio CD
First off, the album isn't perfect and I leave room for that in my reviews. Nite Jewel has a soothing sound to her voice that is really evident on songs like Autograph, which is one of my favorites. There is diversity on the album with upbeat tracks like "One second to love" which is a very catchy tune. If you like downtempo or even something with a little bit of 80's flare then I think you should give this album a shot and support a young artist with what I believe to be some real potential.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bowery boy on March 14, 2012
Format: Audio CD
... that sacrifices almost everything that made Nite Jewel so appealing in the first place.

I read in a past interview Gonzalez say she wanted to focus on the vocals more in her next release and that's where this fails miserably.

The appeal Nite Jewel had for me wasn't necessarily in the murky '80s lo-fi ethereal sound of her music - which I loved - but in her mysterious indecipherable Liz Fraser-esque vocals and curiously vague lyrics - when I could understand them.

"One Second of Love" is the album where Gonzalez is saying "I'm a singer!" and she isn't bad. It's just that a lot of the overall appeal of the music is now gone - especially on the slow tracks which are the worst offenders here. I would have loved it if she muddied up those vocals, reverbed them out a little and then push them into the background.

I'm all for artists growing and experimenting with their sound with each release but now the very thing that made Nite Jewel so cool is missing here. Making awesome music is her forte but having her vocals front, center and crystal clear isn't. I found it better when the vocals were an actual element in the overall sound.

The title track really is the best song and a smart choice for the first single. Yet after repeated listens it's the only track that I remember.

If you're a fan of her first album "Good Evening" or her ep releases, especially "Want You Back", then you may be disappointed.

3 stars for the title track alone. If you're a huge fan of Nite Jewel (which I still am - Ramona I'll see you at the Crocodile) then it would serve you well to check out Maria Minerva too.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steward Willons TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 23, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Unlike a lot of Nite Jewel fans, this was my introduction to Ramona Gonzalez, so I won't comment too much on how "shocked" I was by the drastic change in style. Yes, I've since gone back and listened to hear earlier work, and, yes, it is different. With that said, lets talk about "One Second of Love."

The album strikes me as being extremely uneven. The wonderful 80s vibe on the song, "One Second of Love," is a clear highlight, as is the ethereal and serene "Clive." "Mind and Eyes" and "In the Dark" are both serviceable tracks that show off Gonzalez's voice with tasteful arrangements. I like the instrumental playing a lot on these tracks, and all of the above mentioned tracks work well in defining a coherent sound for the album.

Then we have songs like "She's Always Watching You" that feature vocal harmonies that are objectively bad from a music theory perspective. Sometimes you smash a couple harmonies together in a way that is deliberately off and it will create pleasing dissonance. Other times, if you try this without the requisite skill, it just sounds like a mistake. The chorus is a great example. It doesn't work at all.

All of the tracks on the B side of the LP (Clive notwithstanding) are okay, but not great. This is definitely one of those albums that makes me long for CDs so I could just skip half the tracks easily. It's short, but it's not a great listen from start to finish.

There are definite signs of promise here, and I think that if Nite Jewel continues with this new sound, she will further hone her songwriting craft before the next album is recorded. I'm looking forward to hearing what she comes up with. As for "One Second of Love," there are a couple brilliant tracks, a few nice tracks, and a couple of serious duds. If you can forgive the occasional misstep, this is a cool album.
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