Jason Traeger

My Religion Is Love

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On My Religion Is Love, singer/songwriter Jason Traeger showcases his dry sense of humor and unabashedly bright outlook on life. The disc kicks off with the optimistic "Health, Personal Growth and Positive Living," a song that utilizes Traeger's fresh perspective and his subtle indie rock sound. Unlike many solo artists, he uses different musicians on drums, bass, and keyboards on each song. That arrangement results in a refreshing, collaborative effort throughout. The disc starts off strong. The first track is followed by "Good Thing" and "Word of Mouth." The songs are short and simple, positive like John Denver with a dose of punk rock. Some might be turned off by the excessively sappy "Love, Love and Love." Unlike most artists on K Records, he gets downright silly on "Bells." For the most part, Traeger offers a straightforward rock record. The overly optimistic mood makes it unique in the Northwest indie rock scene, which is often overpopulated by emo bands. By far the most aggressive song on the disc is "Punk Rock Riot." That song is followed by a cover of the Cro-Mags' "We Gotta Know." The disc ends with the spirited ballad "Remember This," a simple song with guitar by Traeger and Paul Schuster. Built to Spill's Scott Plouf appears on drums on a few tracks. The songs on My Religion Is Love were produced by Phil Elvrum at Dub Narcotic Studios in Olympia, WA.

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