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Jamie Jones

Tracks from the Crypt

(Crosstown Rebels; US: 10 Jul 2012; UK: 18 Jun 2012)

Proving once again that the DJ mix CD is too insular an experience for a casual listener, Jamie Jones’ Tracks from the Crypt sounds like it’d be a great listen at the club and ... not too many other places. Jones, who has been dubbed “the best DJ in the world” by an unnamed (presumably) third party, is a talented guy; this album features some primo slabs of house music that would work out well on a sweat-drenched dance floor. The trick with a release like this is to elevate it above the status of something you would only listen to at the club, which doesn’t happen here. A lot of the songs feature the sort of repetition you overlook while you’re trying to get into the groove of dancing; in a private setting, however, they bore easily. In the end, Tracks from the Crypt is middling only because it forgets one of the basic dictums of putting out any sort of art, whether it be writing, music, or film: know your audience.

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Brice Ezell has written for PopMatters since 2011. He loves to write about music of any kind, literature, film, television, and philosophy. Progressive rock and metal are his primary interests, though there's little in the music world he doesn't like to engage with. His writing also appears in Sea of Tranquility and Glide Magazine (and formerly Hidden Track). You can follow his attempts at wit on Twitter and Tumblr if you're so inclined. You can also contact him through email. He is a resident of the greater Portland, OR, area.


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