Elizabeth Stolfi
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January 06, 2003
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Ours
Precious

What happens if you put Jeff Buckley and U2 in a blender? Well, other then the really big mess, you'd probably get Ours. After the short-lived popularity of the single "Sometimes" from their first album Distorted Lullabies, Ours is back with another equally powerful guitar driven explosion of raw emotion and talent.

While you could go on about the music of the album, it would be pointless to talk about the band Ours without focusing almost entirely on lead singer/songwriter Jimmy Gnecco. Jimmy picks up the intensity where Buckley left off, if that were even possible. He can scream until it sounds like his vocal chords are going to pop, but just when you least expect it he jumps up two octave and makes the hair on the back of your neck stand on end.

The first single off Precious, "Leaves", is only a taste of what this album has to offer. Lyrically, Gnecco keeps it simple, basically, because he can. His voice takes care of the rest. "Alright, alright/My knees keep on shaking from fright", Gnecco belts powerfully but softly in "Places", one of the album highlights. Soft guitars and simple bass lines swim with Gnecco's vocals perfectly on this track, as they do on "If Flowers Turn".

On almost every track Gnecco gives us a full helping of "Ah"'s and "Oh"'s, only adding the drama of every vocal performance, and somehow making the guitars swim even more gracefully. On "Outside", a one minute and twelve-second journey into Gnecco's mind, "Oh no/feels like I'm falling away from myself/Outside/feels like it's calling". It seems to only end too soon because you were hoping it would last forever.

While they seem to fit nicely with the Coldplays and the Starsailors of the world, they do have their own uniqueness that sets them apart from these bands. Once again, it's hard to even discuss the band without focusing entirely on Gnecco, who took the style of every great pop/rock vocalist and mixed it into one. It's also hard to find a great singer that sounds even better live then on a record. Well, we've got at least one.

Release date: November 5, 2002
Label: Dreamworks
Rating: 7.5 / 10

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