Handsome Jack: Do What Comes Naturally Review

Self-declared “boogie soul,” Handsome Jack’s new album, Do What Comes Naturally, is one long melodic groove. The band refines roots rock for today’s generation, boasting a classic, soulful sound. With vocals reminiscent of Eric Burden and Otis Reading, they sure stack up in the talent category. The album features long bluesy jams, suave singing, and lyrics true to the blues.

Do What Comes Naturally kicks off with a tight riff and distinctive snare on “Echoes.” In comes a high-pitched synthesizer and distorted vocal. The chorus line features Jamison, accompanied by backing female vocalist, to add that soulful feminine touch. This fades into “Creepin,” which begins with Chad Salmeri’s drumbeat…and then jumps right into Jamison Passuite’s guitar riff and harmonica that continue throughout the track. “Between The Lines” breaks it down for a soulful ode to the trials of romance. The album closes with a slow and steady ballad “Wasted Time”. A hollowing backing vocal envelops Jamison’s deep moan on this track.

Having toured with The Sheepdogs, Gov’t Mule and The Hold Steady, among others, you can get a good feel for their sound lying somewhere in the mix of that company. Handsome Jack’s style is a refreshing take in today’s musical culture. It’s the kind of style that garners the attention of young and old alike, and what could be a true testament to the uniting power of music.

The Review: 8/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– Echoes
– Creepin’
– Between The Lines
– Ropes and Chains

The Big Hit

– Creepin’

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Review by Don Tice

Buy the album: Amazon | iTunes

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  • Digging on the groove of this album


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