I'll let you into the mind of a music reviewer, or at
least this reviewer, for a few minutes. When I receive a new album to review
(physical or digital link), if I had never heard of the artist before, I will
try to do some research on the artist before listening to the album. I want to
get a sense of what the artist is about -- it sometimes will give me some
insight or inclination as to the meaning behind the lyrics -- or as to the
style(s) I may be listening to. There is not much out there on Jared Lee. That
is not a bad thing -- I remember when I first created a page for
listened to her first album, there was very little to be found on her as well.
Some reviewers of Jared Lee, in my research have referred to pop/rock artist Jarred Lee as
posessing a soulful R&B like voice. Stereotude.com
described him as “a cross between Gavin Degraw, The Fray, and Jason Mraz”. After
listening to the tracks the first time on the EP, Falling Through Holes, I
an hear a distinctive John
Mayerish quality from him in both vocal tendency as well as lyrical
pose. I do not know if R&B would be the right genre, at least not for most
songs, although some songs, like "Out of Breath," if slowed down a bit could
make for a nice R&B song. Maybe adult contemporary or light pop music or would
be more appropriate labels for his music.
In each of the tracks you can hear the passion an emotion behind each of his
words, which are sung in pleasant tones. The arrangement of the songs is
executed very well and provides for the right balance between his vocals and the
instrumentals. The most impressive highlight of this album are the lyrics
themselves, which I focused on in my second listen-through. If you were to
listen to one song on this album, I would highly recommend "What It Beats For."
This song, at least to me, provides the best show of his voice along with well
written and thoughtful lyrics. The arrangement and musical accompaniment on this
song is also first class.
The songs on this album range from just "OK" to excellent ("What IT Beast For").
[Also note, I really love the acoustic version he released on YouTube (see
below).] My biggest criticism of this album, or maybe of Jared Lee, is that he does not
reach that overpowering higher range of vocals. His voice is very nice, soft,
and smooth, which is his MO on all of the songs, but he just does not reach that
big high-note, which would emphasis to lyrics and music in some of the songs.
Overall a very nice album and would rank 3 out of 4 stars
(if I were to rate it). I seriously expect to hear a lot more from Jared
Lee in the future.