Jonquil | Fighting Smiles
Self-described as “Paul Simon doing the Smiths,” Oxford trio Jonquil’s latest “mini” LP, One Hundred Suns is one of the most enjoyable listens I’ve had in awhile.
Now, I’ve seen folks bemoan the fact that the new album is such a radical departure from the more folk inspired sound they’ve shown in previous releases, and judging by what I’ve seen in their Take Away Shows there has been a transformation.
The following quote was pulled from a reviewer that’s been listening far longer than I:
"If [CAMP] had been my first experience of Jonquil then I would have left pleasantly impressed having seen a fairly distinctive up and coming band with a catalogue of enjoyable if somewhat indistinguishable songs. But unfortunately, it’s difficult to forget the more accomplished, inspiring sound of the previous incarnation of Jonquil."
I haven’t heard their earlier releases, so I can’t comment on the rest of their catalog, but I quite like the current incarnation of Jonquil. One Hundred Suns is a sunny album with harmony, horns, and Graceland percussion, and more often than not that’s exactly what I’m looking for. Of course, I could be 100 percent wrong. Maybe their earlier material was better, I won’t know until I hear it and I definitely intend to.
For now, I’ll listen to anyone that garners a Paul Simon comparison, and even if it was a self-proclaimed likeness it still fits the bill.