Monday, February 21, 2011

Review -- JONATHAN SEET -- The End Of The Beginning

THE END OF THE BEGINNING
Jonathan Seet
Indie
6.5-out-of-10

Jonathon Seet has one of those mellow approaches to music which really relaxes the mind as you listen.
In some cases the music has a sort of classical / Queen-esque feel, such as the song Who Is The Man, but generally you can label this pop / rock, although the artist himself adds the adjective 'melodramatic' to his description of his music on MySpace (www.myspace.com/jonathanseet ).
Born in Canada, and now living in London, UK, Seet's music is a tad heavy in mood, all of it rather like a cloudy day. Maybe the famous fogs of London influenced his writing.
That is not to say the music is bad. In fact the title cut and If the Last Kiss Made You Cry are fine tunes. The problem, at least the potential problem is that by the eighth song you are so far down the emotional scale you just crawl into bed and stay there for the rest of the day.
The lyrics aren't actually that dark, but Seet can compose some dark musical canvasses. In that regard you really have to credit Seet. There is something of a classical mentality to his writing, and that is encouraging.
The aforementioned title cut is the best effort on the disk, although there are no real weak spots either.
An interesting CD worth a listen.
Check him out at www.seet.ca
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Jan 5, 2011 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

1 comment:

Jonathan said...

Hi Calvin, thanks for review. Just for clarification: the songs were mostly written in Oxford (and London seem to not have that much fog, truth be told).

As for your impression of the material, given that lyrically the songs cover suicide, friends dying of cancer, abortion leading to breakups, and suspected child abuse...I'd say they're a little dark. You'd be right to stay in bed for the day.

Anyway - 6.5/10 for a recording with no real weak spots that compels you to spend the day in bed? Surely a 6.6? Stay tuned for my Joy Division cover album - that might pull you back up.