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The Janskys The JanskysSawayaka Sheffield
Article written by
Matt H - Sep 16, 2009
The Janskys - Sheffield-on-Sea?
Sheffield's Janskys seem keen to make a virtue of their advancing years and experience, something which can only endear them to those of us coasting towards the retirement wing of Soundsxp towers. Craft, as opposed to art, is a massively underrated virtue in music and there's plenty on display in these broadly country rock tunes.
Because of this, the echoes of a few decades' worth of heartfelt jangle, from the Byrds via early REM, serve more to place the songs in a tradition rather than cripple them with comparison. (It would be a rare band indeed that could rise above those two and I'm sure the Janskys wouldn't claim to be it.) What you do get with this record is six really rather fine tunes ruminating in slightly careworn fashion on the vagaries of life and, especially, love. A good soundtrack for contemplating the bottom of your glass with a somewhat rueful smile. And it's not just us greyhairs who need one of those.