Michigan's Metaphysical Jones debuted their soulful style of funky/jazzy rock with this six-song self-titled disc. With most of the songs checking in at nearly nine minutes, the quartet is able to translate their uplifting live sound to record. The disc begins with Steve Roginson's frantic crooning on "Blind Man's Bluff." The freewheeling instrumentation adds to the raw and seductive opening track. Guitarist Dave Gullo chimes in on the trippy "Set Your Soul Free." The instrumental "MEMANYORIA" is followed by the rousing "Rain," by far the shortest song on the disc. The song is the perfect example for the band's jam-based approach to music, as well as their earthy and organic lyrical approach. The hypnotic pace of "Hot Lava" features a structured musical approach. The guitars lead the tempo of the song. While they are sometimes scorching, the pace is deliberate and focused throughout. The union of Roginson and Gullo's guitar, blended with Brett Dodson's bass and Michael Medvinsky's drums, is perfectly illustrated on the disc's final track, "Fallin Asleep." While all of the songs were recorded live in Detroit in 2000, the final track has the most lively feel. The songs on Metaphysical Jones were produced and engineered by Kurtis "Catnip" Katzenmeyer, the unofficial fifth member of the group.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Cramer