The Natalie Jones Band is an original music band from the Swansea area in South Wales. Fronted by 22 year old Natalie Jones, the band works together, to bring life to her uniquely catchy Folk-Rock compositions. The band’s manager and lead guitarist Simon Jeffers, is also the mastermind recorder and producer for the band, working from his home studio set up in Ystalyfera. The musical unit is comprised of the longtime bass player, Gethin Samuel and drummer Chris Trayner. Each member of the band contributes greatly towards the song arrangements.
With no official release date at this time, other than the promise that it will be revealed in 2013, we had a sneak preview of the Natalie’s upcoming thirteen-track album “Now You Know”. On it Natalie Jones shows us her world of folk-rock music, which borders on smooth and catchy contemporary pop. She travels from traditional to contemporary and to progressive folk-rock. This album serves up songs for people across the spectrum and should be lauded for its diversity. Yet, although this album caters to a spectrum of different tastes, Jones does not sacrifice cohesiveness for diversity.
“Now You Know” is an overall outstanding album and I was literally blown away. It consists mainly of driven mid tempos and ballads, which brings about a different tone, lyric maturity, and beauty. I liked that Natalie sings with passion and fervor but didn’t try to ‘sing to the moon’ or overdo the screams and shouts as many young up and coming singers do.
The wonderful compositions are also backed by an incredible production and some great string arrangements, together with the most tasteful guitars riffs, strums and solos, I have heard on a pop record recently. In fact besides Natalie’s exquisite vocal deliveries, I think Simon Jeffers’ guitars make huge contribution to the album’s understated power and verve.
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The true mark of an extraordinary album is when the listener experiences it from start to finish, and is taken on a journey through a variety of stories, feeling the emotional connection behind each track. This is what Natalie Jones and her band accomplishes on “Now You Know”.
Standouts abound right from the first track, “My Mistake” and onto “The Reason”, “Here I Am”, “Run Girl Run”, “Breathe”, “Infinity”, “Rain” and the title track, “Now You Know”. However there is something in this album for everyone no matter what you like. These songs are so relatable, that’s what makes them good!
This is Natalie Jones. No matter what she sings, she sounds good. That being said, the songs here are powerful and emotional, as well as catchy. “Now You Know” has got a little bit of everything, from the emotional personal song to the power ballad love song to the gritty pay-back song. However, she also ventures into some new territories with up-beat classic pop songs and laid-back chill tunes. So basically, it perfectly toes the line between folk-orientated storytelling and rocking rhythms, which are smooth enough to rule the pop radio stations from east to west. I definitely recommend this album!
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