Pure Delight (Red Jacket Mine) | 4/5
SINGAPORE - Substance over form - not an easy lesson to learn but if one invests time and effort into looking for quality content and ignoring the superficial fronts music genre provides, one might be reward with memorable pop-rock music. Case in point, Seattle-based Red Jacket Mine and its new release, Pure Delight - six rock & soul numbers that live up to the promise of the album title. There is a definite confidence in the songwriting and recording that belies the marginalized nature of this brand of timeless music. The muse of late 70s “new wave” songwriters Graham Parker, Joe Jackson and Elvis Costello resonates strongly but more likely RJM songwriter Lincoln Barr has discovered the knack of sublimating similar influences (pristine 60s pop - Lennon & McCartney, Smokey Robinson et al) and re-presenting them in authentic fashion. Highlights include the tongue-in-cheek I Want You To Worship Me and the nostalgic AM. Essential pop-rock listening.