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Monday 8 July 2024

The Well Wishers - Just So You Know


Jeff Shelton reaches his 13th album and the quality of The Well Wishers just doesn't let up. Just So You Know has its base in Power Pop as you would expect, but this album feels more rocked up than what has gone before.

At times, there is a prime time Not Lame Feel, but the rockier direction takes in much more into the likes of Teenage Fanclub territory, Indie Rock and even AOR. This aided by guests on the album who help with the variance.

The Bye Bye Blackbirds' KC Bowman, Stonedog's Chris Dunn and Chris Brown. The Bitter End bursts out of the blocks with some incendiary Guitar blasts from Dunn, a real up and at 'em hard rocking joy of a song.

Bowman helps out on Fight Or Flight, a song that skirts around Americana and Rock and Roll with a massive chorus and lashings of Jangle. Could We Ever Get Along? is very Tommy Keene with an awesome Guitar Solo aided again by Bowman.

Harlan Park slows things down, a sort of comedown and break for air and the song is great West Coast Pop Rock with some wonderful Piano from Chris Brown. But you'd be mistaken if you felt that the album was only about the guests. Far far from it.

Shelton's trademark Guitar Pop is aplenty in evidence. Good Eyes Gone Bad mixes Power Pop with a UK Glam feel, Old Enough To Know is great Jangle Pop, Here We Go and Back Down Son are outstanding Power Pop.and Good Side even adds in some top notch Psych Pop Guitar. Splendid!

You can listen to and buy the album here.  It is available on CD and as a download.


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