Mac Talley & Foamscape

Meet Jupiter Vox

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Talley's Monterey, CA, four have made great progress on Meet Jupiter Vox, a more consistent affair than their all-over-the-place last LP, Anywhere, Everywhere (with the band named merely Foamscape at the time). Instead of dabbling with a grab-bag of unrelated styles, leaving listeners without a real concept of the group, Talley now cuts a more concordant, up-sounding LP of light pop/rock. Most all these songs blend a strummed acoustic with a lead electric (and occasional organ), simple, propulsive bass and drums, and Talley's Violent Femmes-sounding vocals that reveal his Bob Dylan influence (there's a certain inflection in his singing that is similar, and they've covered one of Dylan's songs live). If something of a fairly standard record of this sort, with words such as "Where everyone's friendly and no one's a friend," Talley still has something to offer.

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