The Joneses

Everything Changes

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When you take the guitarist from Willie Alexander's Boom Boom Band, Billy Loosigian; the bassist from Ministry, Brad Hallen; and the singer/songwriter from the Road Apples, who wrote songs for Peter Frampton and others, Dave Finnerty, it is hard to conceive that the mix would end up sounding like Bad Company. But it does. The Joneses, prior to both their recordings with New Kids on the Block producer Michael Jonzun and their signing with Atlantic Records, are here on this very exotic/psychedelic-looking black-and-white EP featuring a '60s-type chick on the cover with a cigarette dangling from her mouth. The ragged gents on the back are definitely not MTV lookers, but they know how to rock. These great musicians lack identity here, though, not only on the cover, but in the music, and that is the pity about Everything Changes -- on paper it looked like a winner. Four years prior to this, David Finnerty and Billy Loosigian released "I'll Come Back" with their group, the Jackals, on the Playboy talent search's nationally distributed Street Rock compilation (on Nightlife, not Playboy Records). That group, with another Willie Alexander alum, Brandy Pritchard, gave an indication of the shape of things to come. "Steppin' Out" here is sold album rock, but Finnerty's personality gets lost in the two-dimensional sound of these regional veterans. The internal struggles the Boom Boom Band had over Willie Alexander's quirky personality (they allegedly wanted him to be more mainstream when his eccentricities were what made them so special) materialize as the drawback here. It is so nondescript that the EP is of value only because three of the individuals on this achieved moments of greatness elsewhere. Even "Bollweevil Stomp," borrowing from the Jimmy Page songbook, melts into the woodwork. It's a record you want so much to like, and there's nothing wrong with it, there's just nothing great about it either.

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