Sounding across between the low drones of Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Keidis and Crash Test Dummies' Brad Roberts, the Jack Smead 6's frontman/vocalist Mikey Keane doesn't sound quite right atop his band's delicate blend of acoustic instrumentation and percussion. Songs like "Rockabye," which sound almost like they could have been produced by A Hard Day's Night-era Beatles, are weighed down terribly by Keane's angsty low voice. Musically, the Jack Smead 6 is actually quite pleasant, creating a distinctly plaintive melancholic burn, in turn complimented by harmonica, lap steel, and other instruments. With nine songs in the space of just over a half an hour, the album is short. In the long run, this is fine, but the songs themselves are perhaps too condensed, leaving one wanting for more instrumental space between the verses for the band to articulate its mood more freely.
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AllMusic Review by Jesse Jarnow