Crown Jewels


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The majority of the recording reminds one of what would have happened if Tom Petty, Paul Westerberg, and The Beatles had gotten together and realized they had writer's block. Most musicians can write a piece of slow music that's interesting, but here the results are almost sleep inducing on six of the eight tracks (ex: "Believe Me, Camille"). One of the only two highlights arrives in the form of "He's So Zen," which does showcase a strong song structure brimming with possibilities. The last of the standouts is "Peace," a raw song recorded by the group's songwriting duo, John and Steve Conte, when they were 9 and 10 years old. It reminds one of a punkier version of The Jackson 5. If more of the songs had this energy, it would be a much more enjoyable listen.

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