The dentist office -- the most feared place on Earth in my twisted brain -- is where I spent well over an hour yesterday morning both confirming and dispelling why I have felt trepidation for that vinyl reclining chair for so long. In general I am a positive person and go for that silver lining most of the time but when the squeal of a drill blends with the gurgling sound of a tube sucking up all kinds of things I do not want to imagine coming out of my mouth, it is difficult for me to find the happy affirmation in the now. My Hygienist kept asking if I was alright while she poked, prodded and scraped me until I wanted to cry but I just kept my eyes closed, concentrated on my breath and mumbled “mmm hmm”. When she finished pulling the scaler over my chompers, and I miraculously still had all of them intact, the doctor handed me a huge pack of white strips for my teeth while congratulating me on quitting smoking. I sighed through a thankful smile realizing the worst part of my day was now behind me and I could go home to swish with salt water while I improved my mood over some new music.
The good news is I am a huge fan of Jason’s music so even though this is a studio album I did rather enjoy it. The bad news is I am a huge fan of Jason’s so knowing his live stuff intimately possibly skews my perception of how awesome this album actually is. I listened to it a few times yesterday and this morning wrote a quick soapbox review to Trayce via email. It seemed an appropriate, although raw, impression to share so here is the email word for word:
I am mixed on the album so far but more loving it than not of course. For example I love Coyotes but really do not care for the chorus of the song. I don't feel like it fits for some reason. It is like he wrote a chorus to a song, then wrote a song with no chorus & said oh I know let's put these together & record it for the album. Make it Mine & Dynamo so far are my favorite upbeat tunes & I already fell in love with If It Kills Me & A Beautiful Mess before so those are still way up there (amazing lyrics in all 4 and great tunes to match). I am really bummed about Lucky it just doesn't do it for me but it is the new single (just heard it on Sirius 9 The Pulse a couple days ago). I really don't feel it between them, it is catchy but will likely become one of those songs (along with I'm Yours sadly just like The Remedy) that I will forward just about every time I put on the album for the next 3 years because it is going to be severely overplayed. Regardless most of the lyrics are clever on the album but I feel that there are definitely songs he wrote specifically to get radio play just to appease the record company while others he did fight for to have on the album insisting they would not be a single but he really wanted them (I get that out of Live High, Only Human & Love For A Child) then there are fun tracks that he loved to write and record but are just filler songs (Details, Butterfly)
Now that my jaw is feeling super, I will be singing along with these new grooves at the top of my lungs today, all day. This is the part where the neighbors wish I had not quit smoking for shear lung capacity restrictions.