Album Review: "Snakes & Ladders" by Jonny Goode

 

Hey guys!

I really love blogging. And I'm so honoured to do it for such a large audience.
Another honour is it to write about such talented musicians as I do. 90% of all artists and bands you see on here submitted their music for me to review and I'm really happy about this.

Let's get into today's review!

Artist: Jonny Goode
Title: Snakes & Ladders
Genre: acoustic
Label: independent
Release: 8th September 2014
hits rating: 8/10

Jonny Goode has been making music for 20 years now and is nowhere close to an end. 
The acoustic/soul singer and songwriter from Norwich, UK financed his music equipment from gigging and busking around the UK.
 
So far he released his debut album "This Is England" in August 2012, "Flying Past The Stars On Silver Wings" - his second record and now he's here with "Snakes & Ladders", so let's talk about it, shall we?

Tracklist: 
1) High Hopes
2) Crossfire
3) Radio
4) Stay (Acoustic Version)
5) Runaway Trains
6) Karma
7) Faith's Prayer
8) You Don't Wanna Know
9) Being First
10) 10:07

Acoustic, handmade, personal - those are the first words which come to my mind when I listen to opener "High Hopes". It starts really soft with only an acoustic guitar and Jonny's voice. But the track soon builds up into a multi-instrumental up beat one. Even though there is a lot going on, it's still light and lively and not even a bit overwhelming.

 There is one song on the album which is completely kept as an acoustic one, "Stay". A beautiful and emotional ballad. The song is guitar based with piano parts highlighting the vulnerable side of it. Jonny's soft but raspy voice sets an honest atmosphere and transports the emotions. The perfect example for less is more.

For track "Karma" Jonny brings out the e-guitar and lets it howl beautifully every now and then.
I sometimes find singer/songwriter albums rather a bit monotonous. But with Jonny Goode's album here I don't get this feeling at all. He definitely has his own sound and stays true to it but he still manages to mix genres and create a new, exciting vibe.

To sum it up: The clever arrangements definitely make the album what it is - an honest composition with such brilliant songs. I'd say Mr Jonny Goode is one to watch!

You should listen to these tracks: Stay, Karma, Faith's Prayer




Jonny Goode online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud


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Credits // Text: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image: Jonny Goode

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