Jelly Bullet: First Shot Review

Jelly Bullet’s 2013 debut, First Shot, marks their entrance to Madrid’s blues rock scene.  Unabashed in its delivery, First Shot couples a southern sound with a ’90s-Seattle inspired sound while managing to stay entirely modern and relevant.  The five-piece shifts effortlessly from aggressive rock to a softer sensibility, both from track-to-track and within tracks.  The album, however, is incredibly short for a full-length release.  Comprised of seven songs, only one of which breaks past the five-minute mark, First Shot clocks in just under half an hour.  Luckily, none of First Shot’s seven tracks are fillers.

The album’s aptly chosen opening track, “Baby Give Me Your Love,” might feature the most intriguing guitar riff of the record.  The song pits a tight, controlled sound against a loud and loose one, changing frequently enough to keep things fresh.  The bridge even includes a reversed guitar solo.  The following track, “Runt of the Litter,” offers a pulsing energy and a catchy sing-a-long chorus.  Jelly Bullet shines on the muscular “On My Way,” balancing tight, crunchy riffs with jangling guitar noises and culminating in a southern blues anthem for a chorus.  Vocals echo on top of rich guitar work here, making this track the enthralling peak of the album.

This isn’t to say there isn’t anything to be had after the third track, however.  Jelly Bullet follows up with “The Hidden Door,” the first darker track on First Shot, featuring rolling snare work and a delay pedal.  Some of the most emotive guitar work on First Shot occurs at about the 3-minute mark, being both fast and incredibly moody.  “From Fear to Hope” also stands out among the album’s other tracks, opening with eastern-sounding guitar and drum work.  Being from Spain, this direction almost makes sense in a way, but is still a remarkable moment on a record so firmly grounded in blues and alternative rock.

While perhaps a little underwhelming in length, Jelly Bullet makes sure every minute on First Shot counts.  Tight guitar work and a sense of direction permeate this record, making it a worthwhile listen.

The Review: 8/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– Baby Give Me Your Love
– On My Way
– The Hidden Door
– From Fear to Hope

The Big Hit

– On My Way

Review by Richard MacDougall

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One Response to “Jelly Bullet: First Shot Review”

  1. Really enjoyed reading the Review of Jelly Bullet. 7 strong tracks and can’t wait for there next release which I hope has twice as many songs. Great job Blues Rock Review.

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