Don't Kill The Magic
Isolate and Medicate
Fifth album from Illinois pop rockers Bottle of Justus proves that there is no substitute for hard work and old fashioned experience pays huge dividends. This is far and away their finest release. Touring with the likes of Maroon 5, Better than Ezra and more recently Stroke9, has fine tuned the band, galvanising them into a formidable act with the song quality to match. ‘Suddenly O.K’ is far more consistent than previous releases and BOJ have resisted the temptation to re-record songs from their back catalogue. Coming across like a heady mix of Nine Days and Crowded House the songs are edgy yet melodic. ‘Hello’, ‘Easy’ and the exceptional ‘Picture’-currently number one in the unsigned top ten-are all worthy of radio airplay and whilst the remainder of the album might not capture the dynamics of this opening trio there’s still a great deal to enjoy with the Coldplay-like strains of ‘I Know’ through to the mainstream rock of ‘The Enemy’-reminiscent of British outfit UnAmerican. Produced by Jason Elgin(Creed, Collective Soul) and ably abetted by the ever excellent Jacob Bunton(Lynam/Mars Electric) on a selection of instruments, BOJ have produced an album that reeks of major label quality from start to finish, surprising then that no one has snapped them up…….watch this space!