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Next Big Thing

"The Next Best Thing" according to NME - "In which Mike Edwards informs us that the modern world is ephemeral and we flit from craze to craze. And we reply:Tell us something new pal, and next time you are away for four years, bring something chuffing decent back with you."(NME June 1997)

"One can only surmise that the way JJ feel about bombastic techno pop is similar to the way Karel Poborsky feels about that pissed on mooring rope he calls hair - you know, people keep telling you its awful, you re wasting your time, no one really likes it, you're not living in Eastern Europe anymore/its not the early Nineties anymore(delete where applicable)....on and on and on, until finally you're so f**ked off that sticking with what you know becomes almost a point of principle.This isn't half so bad as it might as well be, for all the serious attention its likely to get. And its certainly not as bad as I was expecting. But,when Mike Edwards sings, I just know that, somehow, in a way I can't even explain, theres his world and theres my world and they will never ever make peace. Besides. Baseball caps.(Melody Maker June '97)

Chemical #1

Starts off all 'Tomorrow Never Knows'' and then gets a bit scared and runs back to 'Doubt' land. It's only about sodding adrenaline. Liam Howlett's mix of 'Zeros and Ones' ('The Prodigy versus Jesus Jones' mix' CD1 only) is by far the best track.(Select Online August '97)

"Song about uh, mountain biking from the chaps who don't know when to give up."(NME 1/8/97) -forgetting to add "cos they are so brilliant....":-)

Already

"Its been a whacking four years since JJ last had a single out. But personal upsets and singer Mike Edwards' lengthy biking tour of Tibet prevented the band from working together for at least some of this lengthy period. "Already" has more of a band-oriented feel than "Perverse", yet recaptures much of the essence of their earlier material from the fabulous "Liquidizer" album. The debut single,"The Next Big Thing", (throwaway title notwithstanding), is a first rate infectious pop ditty, while "Top of The World" and "Wishing It Away" are maturely evocative,demonstrating that the Jonesters really have grown up since "IBYT". "Chemical #1" and"They're Out There" on the other hand are the epitome of fuelled up dance/rock crossovers; fusing manic guitars with samples and analogue sweeping synths. Original production work was carried out by Ian Richardson and Nick Coler, but things didn't work out, so Martyn Phillips was drafted in to rework the whole album giving it the cohesive vibrant feel that oozes with such apparent ease from "Already". This album is testament to the fact that JJ are back with a vengeance,even if it did take a lengthy break to prove it. JJ have grown up gracefully."(The Mix August 1997)

Thanks to Andrew Maddison for this one -

"Always bit parts to Happy Mondays and Stone Roses in the class of 1990JJ did have a big hit with Real x3- different from their other stuff in that it was good. But just when you thought they were consigned to the £1 and under bin at Our Price, they return from the dead and make another record.Alas, like the mouldy old apple you find in your room after months, JJ haven't aged particularly well. The NBT stands out as a good egg, but with singer Mike having spent the past four years mountain biking in Tibet, all the evidence suggests that a career as a mountain goat might have been a better move."(Max Buying Power July 1997)

"Talking of second comings, its Jesus Jones. Before they disappeared amidst a Britpop haze, Mike Edwards and his highly charged techno rockers weren't that far short of becoming IBYTs. All sample out after 93's Perverse album, Edwards intermediate pursuits included writing and producing for ex-porn star Traci Lords, climbing halfway up Everest, and mountain biking in Tibet. Already (3 out of 5) snaps back to early JJ, The NBT is all razor sharp guitars, wired up techno beats and anthemic pop sheen.A new chilled out factor is revealed on the blissed out soundscapes of TOTW and February. Unnecessary noodling in the mix, but a potent enough return."(Top Magazine June 1997)

"About seven years ago you couldn't set foot inside an indie disco without copping an earful of this lot. Floppy of fringe and baggy of rhythm, songs like Info Freako and RHRN rocked da party big time and gave birth to the fashion of wearing your T-shirt outside your sweatshirt. Their fourth album "Already" is a case of third time lucky for songwriter Mike Edwards,Food records having knocked back his previous offerings for because they sounded like techno solo projects. From the opening bars of NBT, Edwards constipated Bryan Ferry vocals and showy programming are instantly recognizable.The pompous Run on Empty, and the idiot techno stomp of LOT complete the picture. The most engaging moment is closing track February, in which a seasonally adjusted Edwards dabbles in downbeat soul searching to a vaguely eastern backing. A deceptively pleasant end to an otherwise frustrating album"(2 out of 5)(Select July 1997)

"Nothing dates faster than last years vision of the future. JJ learned this harsh truth when their 93 album Perv, fell short of its million selling precessor and its intended sequel was rejected by their record label. Now finally, the Jesus army are back, with a radical new direction sounding, erm rather like their old direction. But not quite. Squealing guitar overload has been diluted in favour of some genuinely funky moments, and theres even a rather ace ethnic disco mantra called wishing. Mike Edwards'voice no longer sounds painfully strained but relaxed, measured, humbled even. JJ made some important records, but this largely workmanlike techno rock item simply sounds like U2s Pop with more tunes. 5 out of 10 (Vox July 1997)

Thanks to Andy Cottier for this one -

JJ was the band that seemed to have it all. leaping from indie status to full blown stadium draw in what seemed like a blink of an eye, its members saw their second album 1991's doubt soar to the top of the British charts, while the radio-friendly single RHRN climbed to the dizzy heights of no2 in America.But then it all deflated and almost as quickly. break-ups, personal and professional, a third album that sold just half a million copies, a projected follow-up rejected by the record company, nothing it seemed appeared was going right.Eventually things are back on track. Nowadays, of course, everyone and his dog incorporates samples and breakbeats into pop rock, so their unique selling point is no more. luckily Mike Edwards, the lead singer and songwriter, has always had something else up his sleeve - the ability to pen clever, quirky and insidiously commercial songs.The opener, ironically titled TNBT, deserves to be a runaway hit, and there is much else to enjoy on already.(The Times '8/97)

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