Tobias Jesso Jr. – “Goon”

Quick description: Jim James singing lost Tom Waits songs on a piano. In the vein of Waits, Randy Newman, Burt Bacharach, and, more recently, Father John Misty, Jesso writes tunes that seem like old songs, yet remain fresh & new. Sometimes that works (“Hoe Could You Babe”, “Without You”), but sometimes it ends up sounding like the theme song to ’80’s sitcoms (“Can’t We Be Friends”). Extremly good production helps his cause, and makes the music sound authentic in its timelessness. Definitely worth checking out.

Label: True Panther
FCC: Clean
Play: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11
RIYL: Father John Misty, Old Tom Waits, Jim James, Randy Newman

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