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3.5 Stars - Pleasant and very listenable

  • Oct 23, 2009
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"Sunshower" is my first exposure to Jupiter One, and it's definitely been a pleasant one. This is definitely the least edgy album I've heard in a long time, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes one is in the mood for some nice, non-confrontational music and this album fits the bill. It has a nice flow with enough variety to keep things interesting.

The album has a nice live band feel, which I find missing from so many records these days. It doesn't suffer from overproduction and you get the feeling that these guys probably sound just as good in a live show. The instrumental parts aren't particularly virtuosic, but then again, that's not really what this music about. It's about the construction of nice, simple songs.

My main criticism is that with so many similar-sounding groups out there, Jupiter One doesn't do much to differentiate itself. The experience of listening to "Sunshower" is one you could get from a number of different bands. That said, if you're a fan of upbeat, positive, and tuneful indie rock, this will not disappoint.

I'm not particularly enamored with the album, but it has enough staying power that I return to it occasionally. It's enjoyable and puts you in a good mood. Check out some MP3 samples first, but if you like what you hear, you'll get more of the same. There's always something to be said for positive, uplifting music.

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review by . October 14, 2009
posted in Music Matters
The Album Sunshower by Jupiter One starts off with a catchy, fast paced (compared to other songs on the album)tune called "Volcano". They have a pretty easy going mellow sound. The Bass line(or what sounds like a Bass Guitar?) seems to really ground the music and keep it together. It's the type of album that's great to listen to on those lazy Sundays while cruising around in your car... or lounging around at home. Most of the songs had that same feel... whether they were really slow or medium paced. …
review by . October 11, 2009
I took a chance at trying out the Jupiter One cd, all I knew was that they were touring with Regina Spektor so they had to have something going for them. I hadn't realized what a treat I was in for. Since I got the cd maybe 3 or so weeks ago I've probably listened to the cd easily 10-15 times, it's in regular rotation for me. I wasn't immediately intrigued but really I never am, takes awhile to warm up to most any cd for me besides the singles I already know.    Jupiter One's …
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Label: Rykodisc
Artist: Jupiter One
Release Date: September 15, 2009

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