Fireworks

Jon Mullane - 'Shift' http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/9e/18/b8/735_JonMullaneShift_1287694083.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     October 21, 2010    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
7645   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Title

Title

Label

Aimed purely at the Canadian pop market.

I was sent this CD by our esteemed editor for two reasons. Firstly, it’s a Canadian artist, and secondly, it’s produced by Harem Scarem drummer Creighton Doane and features both Doane and his former bandmate Pete Lesperance. I was under the impression that Jon Mullane was a singer I wasn’t familiar with, which would be unusual for a guy of his age from my beloved Canadian music scene, but as soon as I heard his voice I realised that he’s actually the artist formerly known as Jonathan M.

Based in the Eastern city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Mullane has changed direction a little since his early work and actually released an album under this name a couple of years ago that I hadn’t heard about. With both Mullane and Doane covering most of the guitars and all of the bass, keyboards, drums and vocals, ‘Shift’ is a well produced modern pop-rock album that’s undeniably Canadian in origin. Jon has a deeper and raspier voice these days that sounds not unlike Michael Hutchence, and in fact it’s INXS who opener ‘Make You Move’ most reminds me of with it’s sleazy upbeat groove, although a lot of the album has more keyboard parts and fuzzy guitars than this, the likes of ‘Got It Goin’ On’ and ‘Sin City’ mixing the style of Harem Scarem’s Rubber alter ego with modern day synth pop.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


The album has ten short songs based on simple ideas and unfussy instrumentation, in fact the solo on ‘Sin City’ is a rarity and the only thing I can say for sure that Pete Lesperance actually plays. For me personally most of the best bits are in the second half with Mullane sounding especially strong on the excellent ballad ‘The One That Got Away’ and the memorable choruses of ‘Change Your Life’ and ‘Go The Distance’, along with a dance version of ‘Make You Move’ which works particularly well.

If I have a problem with this album it’s that the sound is sometimes a bit fuzzy, like it’s been mastered too loud or something, and there are times when it all sounds a little bit too twee, like the annoying gang vocals on ‘Here We Go’ or the repetitive ‘You Get What You Get’. More guitar would have been nice too but I get the feeling this is aimed purely at the Canadian pop market. If that’s the case then they’ve probably succeeded.

Phil Ashcroft

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  January 2022  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
       1  2
  3  4  5  6  7  8  9
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31      

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 day, 12 hours ago
  • Berny : @vialli999: I've just talked to the guys at Fireworks HQ, unfortunately, the print copy of #90 is no longer available. Sorry! :(
  • vialli999 : DO YOU HAVE A PAPER COPY OF ISSUE 90 BERNY ?
  • vialli999 : forget that last comment i found it....der
  • vialli999 : sorry but i must be really stupid how do i take out a subscription ?
  • vialli999 : I have the download i want a paper copy cheers tel
  • Berny : @vialli999: You get issue 90 from our download store. Would you like to purchase a physical copy?
  • vialli999 : STILL DESPERATE TO GET A COPY OF ISSUE NO. 90
  • Berny : You can pre - order FIREWORKS MAGAZINE #97 now!
  • Deeppurple#1 : Hi,I downloaded my free copy of issue #87 but I can't seem to open the file. Any advice?
  • Berny : RIP Alan Lancaster! :(
  • Berny : @Barneypippa: I forwarded your mail to the Fireworks team. You should receive a reply asap.
  • Barneypippa : My magazine (#96) hasnt arrived yet - should have been here last week
  • Rocktopia Te : @bakerstreetish: Pls. check your email for download instructions.
  • bakerstreeti : Hi, I just bought digital download #96. How will I be able to receive/access it? First time on this site. Thanks!
  • zom414 : Have they been posted out yet? Not received mine yet but may have the release date wrong!
  • Johns Band : Received glossy Fireworks 96 and one of best ever. I am still looking at pictures and "Revisit The Gods AOR Festive" should be great. Probably get download from issue 101 to save on space & it is read to me from audio voice. Already got Robben Ford Instrumental album "Pure" great stuff & Freddy King singing & guitar I love, so Bernie Marsden new album I will have on Amazon Prime. If you are into 70's Rock then new Help Yourself 6 CD Boxset + info will be good for you plus expert to pay no more
  • Berny : Fireworks #96 is out now! :)
  • Berny : @Paul wiv: Pls. check your email!
  • Paul wiv : I have paid for issue 92 but it hasn't downloaded yet.
  • Berny : @Adamson: Bitte kontaktiere mich direkt, meine Mailadresse lautet «email»
  • Adamson : kann man hier auch auf Deutsch schreiben? denn ich hätte eine Frage?
  • KI2000 : Wow, issue #95 has to be the BEST one so far. Congratulations guys!!
  • Hysteria : GREAT MAGAZINE! Keep on rockin' guys!!!
  • Berny : Fireworks Magazine #95 is out now!
  • Berny : @Paul wiv: Many thanks for your purchase, pls. check your mail.
  • Paul wiv : I have bought issue 89 on download but it has not appeared on my account
  • Berny : @pomper: BOTH of your mails were forwarded to the Fireworks Team, please contact me directly at «email» should you still haven’t received a reply.
  • bpomper : trying to confirm my fireworks 94 order with no answer from team rocktopia??
  • bpomper : i ordered fireworks number 94 but never got a conformation other than my paypal receipt. can you confirm it went out. i have transaction id if you need it
  • Berny : @ALL: Should you have any questions about your Fireworks orders, pls. contact me directly at «email»

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site