Name: Far: Water & Solutions
Review: WITH SKYSCRAPING ambition and crystalline execution, 'Water & Solutions' is the most quintessential Jonah release. There's an intense intimacy here that will send shivers down the spine as hardcore bristle and heart-on-sleeve vulnerability tug-of-war over the course of its not-a-drop-spilt 40-plus minutes. Far ask big questions with even bigger tunes, tackling religion, sex, love and divorce head-on.
Name: Far: Tin Cans with Strings..
Review: ON THEIR major label debut, Far ditched their formerly shabby naivety, grew in confidence and showed signs of the maturity that lay ahead. Coming on like Helmet with a heart, their raw and unfettered brutalising rock was very much in touch with its feminine side - bringing a refreshing emotional muscle in contrast to their lug-headed, testosterone-fuelled (much more commercially successful) contemporaries.
Name: New End Original: Thriller
Label: JADE TREE
Review: NEW END Original (an anagram of onelinedrawing) was a sadly short-lived supergroup comprising ex-Texas Is The Reason alumni Norm Arenas (guitar), Scott Winegard (bassist) and drummer Charlie Walker. Featuring rocked-up versions of OLD tracks, 'Thriller''s FM-friendly rock should have catapulted them to the same mainstream success enjoyed by peers like Jimmy Eat World. It didn't.
Name: OneLineDrawing: Volunteers
Label: JADE TREE
Review: JONAH'S SOPHOMORE 'solo' album is a dense, richly textured affair that distils and refines the blistering, all guns-blazing aesthetic of old and the customary diary entry-style lyricism to produce an altogether more mature proposition. 'The Volunteers' overspills with cute ideas matching its grandiose aspirations and boldly proves rock doesn't necessarily always mean turning everything up to 11.
Review: GRATITIDE'S STADIUM-SIZED heart was equalled only by the commercially-minded bombast of their songs. Gone was the comforting edge and endearing confusion of former incarnations and in its place was an overly saccharine, overcooked and disappointingly sanitised blast of pop-rock that veered just a little too close to AOR territory for the comfort of long-time Jonah fans.