Prepare to be profoundly changed, on a life changing journey through introspection & love with ‘Slow Lightning’ by The Bones of J.R. Jones
There are certain truths that only reveal themselves when we step away from the daily grind, seeking solace in remote places. It’s there that we encounter our true selves, in a journey that is undeniably tough, yet immensely rewarding for those who persevere. Through this, we grow in ways we never thought possible.
It’s a profound experience, akin to the metaphorical ‘dark night of the soul’—and ‘Slow Lightning’ captures it perfectly. It resonates as relatable, modern, and flawless in its execution.
With a distinctive blend of folk and indie rock, woven together with intricate guitar work and heartfelt lyrics, Jonathon Linaberry, the frontman of The Bones of J.R. Jones, soulful voice lends a timeless quality to the sound. And let’s not forget the subtle reverb, a dash of moody noir, and lo-fi synths, all steeped in a bit of dark romance. Yes, please, serve it up, because we’re here for every moment.
Right from the start, it’s a pure sonic delight. This album offers a window into the transformative process of growing up, changing, and moving forward. It reminds us that this journey isn’t meant to be traversed alone, and that unconditional love is not a myth—it exists, waiting for us, if only we open our eyes and hearts to it. It’s that pivotal moment when you grow tired of your own limitations, when you understand your strengths and acknowledge your weaknesses.
Let’s face it, we’re all sailing in the same boat, navigating the seas in search of a deeper self-awareness. And yes, there are moments when it hurts, when we become our own stumbling blocks in countless ways. Yet, it’s all part of the beautiful journey of growth and self-discovery. And what better companion than Kiyoshi Matsuyama, whose genius production, is a perfect companion to Linaberry’s cinematic roots noir.
The songs here are restless, wrestling with doubt and desire in the face of nature’s inexorable sway. The result is a moody, Southern Gothic meditation that resonates deep within. It echoes the likes of Springsteen, Bon Iver, and Cale, seeking meaning in a world that offers no easy answers.
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“Animals” is an instant earworm, weaving melody and harmony into an irresistible tapestry. It’s no wonder Linaberry named his album “Slow Lightning,” for it pulses with a quiet electricity beneath its placid surface.
“I felt very lost at the time I was writing these songs,” Linaberry confesses. “It was a moment of deep crisis and anxiety, but I knew the only way out was through, which meant I just had to bring myself to the table every day and put in the work.”
In “Salt Sour Sweet,” there’s a palpable sense of space that envelops you, much like the intimacy of a room or a hall. It’s an experience that allows you to feel every nuance, akin to the way Bon Iver’s music has the power to evoke profound emotions. Much like M Ward, who possesses the unique ability to tug at heartstrings with a smile, the layered vocals create a vivid emotional journey—a joyride that leaves you grateful for the gift of life and the connection we share with those who turn raw emotion into sound.
This track forms part of a visceral collection that immerses you in the full spectrum of human experience, leaving you with a deep sense of gratitude and a feeling of blessed companionship as we navigate the path back to our true selves. After all, isn’t feeling everything a part of our shared human journey?
“Baby Run” embraces an old-timey piano, seamlessly blending introspection with a modern lens. It’s a contemplation steeped in ancient wisdom, interwoven with the complexities of the contemporary human condition. We all yearn for the best for our loved ones, yet it’s a sentiment tinged with mixed emotions—highs and lows captured beautifully in this gem of a track.
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‘Slow Lightning’ is a dose of wisdom wrapped up in a gorgeous melody.
“The Good Life” is an infectious upbeat anthem, exuding a distinctive blend of indie lo-fi charm. It’s a track that resonates with the wisdom of learning from missteps, embracing acceptance, and navigating through challenging nights with the promise of a radiant dawn. It heralds a new day, a fresh opportunity to become the best version of oneself.
In some respects, this piece leans more towards rock compared to the other tracks on the album. There’s a subtle hint of Bruce Springsteen or echoes of The National, evoking the finest qualities of the rock legends. Let’s be frank, it’s a remarkable tune. Its candour and introspection possess a magnetic allure.
“Blue Skies” contends with hope itself, challenging even the brightest of days to rival the endless expanse of possibility and optimism that the sky offers. “I’m Going to Disappear,” on a lyrical note, strikes a resonant chord. It embodies a shedding of the ego, opening doors to boundless potential, free from self-imposed judgments and resistance. What remains is a pure, expansive, and beautiful essence, signalling the true commencement of living.
This revelation isn’t about New Age philosophy—it’s a testament to creativity, rock ‘n’ roll spirit, and profound introspection. It assures us that the modern era is in capable hands, that the world is, indeed, in good stead, and that’s more than satisfactory in my book. Picture M Ward’s evocative works like ‘Chinese Translation’ or ‘Sad Sad Song,’ and you’ll grasp the essence. Yet, the experience of listening to it surpasses any description. It’s an invitation to immerse yourself in something truly extraordinary.
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“Blue Skies” is a beacon of hope, a reminder that the sky holds endless possibilities. “I’m Going to Disappear” speaks of shedding ego, leaving space for something pure and beautiful. It’s creative, rock ‘n’ roll introspection that reassures us the world is in good hands.
“Preservation” is a musical journey, fusing genres to create a sound uniquely its own. It’s a perfect interlude in this transformative voyage.
“The Flood” envelops you in soulful, haunting vocals, a testament to introspection and the complexities of human emotions. “Heaven Help Me” is electric and spacious, like standing in the presence of something divine. Picture a church choir, hands clapping in rhythm—this track encapsulates that rock ‘n’ roll spirit. It exudes a grittier, edgier vibe, setting a powerful mood that’s nothing short of electrifying.
“I Ain’t Through What You” is a tale of dark, romantic love, told with poetic brilliance. “Love Is a Sickness” beautifully concludes the album, reminding us that love is ever-present, an eternal warmth within us.
With each note and lyric, the album unravels a lifetime of love, heartbreak, dreams, and disappointments. It’s a testament to the wisdom that emerges from the sum of our experiences, a kind of self-awareness that can only be illuminated by the slow burn of introspection. As Linaberry aptly puts it, this is the wisdom that arrives on a bolt of Slow Lightning.