Review: ‘Jim Noir – Self-titled’

One-man-band Jim Noir meshes Beatles-esque pop and subtle electronic influences on his second LP which has no clear destination, but nonetheless provides a welcomed pop voyage.

One-man-band Jim Noir meshes Beatles-esque pop and subtle electronic influences on his second LP which has no clear destination, but nonetheless provides a welcomed pop voyage. The past was certainly on Noir’s mind as he single-handedly wrote, performed and produced the 13-song album. “Welcome CJ” sounds like an unearthed “Revolver” demo, while the repeat-worthy “Happy Day Today” grafts Brian Wilson harmonies on “Who’s Next”-style synths.

Somewhat ironically, “Good Old Vinyl” relies mostly on synthy sounds. On the simple track, Noir amusingly relates how he’s broken all of his CDs while questioning the seemingly poor quality of cassettes and championing the re-emergence of the LP format. Most of the songs provide a pleasant and mostly forgettable diversion, but things peak with the amazing pop tranquility of “Don’t You Worry,” a sugary concoction featuring funky drums, grooving basslines and pleasantly distorted vocals.

Jim Noir - Self-titled

Barsuk Records
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