Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Review - PJ Bond - You Didn’t Know I Was Alphabetical

PJ Bond - You Didn’t Know I Was Alphabetical

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8 out of 10

Another day another really good solo album by someone I’ve never heard of before... Apparently PJ recorded this whilst spending a year living on the road, sleeping on the floors and sofas of strangers and friends. That’s pretty cool, in my book. It’s also made for a quite varied album, I guess spanning PJs experiences on the road. Skin and Bones is a rather eerie tale about an ex girlfriend’s descent into drug addiction whereas No Theme Summer (Pastro, PA) is an uplifting ditty reminiscent of both Defiance, Ohio and Wilco as well as having hints of Joss Whedon’s theme music to the show Firefly.

Overall it works well, although it does mean the album doesn’t always flow quite as well as perhaps it might - I guess due in part at least to the protracted gestation period this is pretty much inevitable. It’s one of those albums where every song is good enough to feature on a mixtape you’re making, but not necessarily together. Well worth a listen though!


1. You, Too
2. Stop Being Bad
3. Skin and Bones
4. Grow Your Smile Wide
5. Mama I’m a Smoker
6. You Know the Drill
7. Fucking Viv!
8. Quiet or Loud
9. No Theme Summer (Pastro, PA)
10. The Night of the 27th
11. Oh, Hunter

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