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Reviews by Girard: Jim Boggia “Safe in Sound” (Bluhammock)

Jim_boggia J’ai attendu 5 ans pour entendre le nouvel opus de ce natif de Philly. Je ne me plains pas, l’attente est plus que largement jusitifiée : c’est un des albums Pop de l’année. Et de loin. J’avai déjà entrevu l’importance du bonhomme en ecoutant “fidelity is the enemy” en 2001, une véritable météorite musicale. Confirmation quand j’ai eu la chance de rencontrer Jim alors qu’il accompagnait Jill Sobule et Marykate O’Neil pour des concerts acoustiques en France. Sa présence, son humour, son jeu de guitare, sa voix m’avaient littéralement subjugué. Ce type est de la trempe des grands songwriters au panthéon de la Pop : Jason Falkner, Tomy Keene, Mc Cartney (qu’il reprend magnifiquement : jamais entendu une aussi bel cover que “maybe I’m amazed” par Jim) HIstoire de vous mettre l’eau à la bouche, il est accompagné magnfiquement sur cet album : de Pete Thomas (Costello’s Attractions) à Butch (Eels) d’Aimée Mann à Wayne Kramer (oui oui le guitariste du MC5) d’Emitt Rhodes (un autre à mettre au Panthéon ci dessus) à Justin Meldal Johnsen (Beck). Mais peu importe, l’essentiel ici sont les chansons : lumineuses, puissantes, mélodiques, intimes, incontournables. Des pépites Pop que l’on écoutent et réecoutent avec les jours qui passent. Un véritable orfèvre. S’il n’y a qu’un album Pop à acheter cette année (avec celui de Brendan Benson) c’est forcémment “safe in sound”. Et de loin. Ceci n’est pas un conseil, c’est un ordre!!!!

I have waited five years for a new musical opus from Philadelphia native Jim Boggia. Well the wait was worth it as this is one of the pop albums of the year. And by far. I already knew how important this man was when I first heard his 2001 release “Fidelity is the Enemy” which is a virtual musical shooting star. This status was confirmed when I had a chance to meet Jim when he accompanied Jill Sobule and Mary Kate O’Neil four some acoustic concerts in France. His presence, his sense of humor, his guitar playing and his voice literally captivated me. He is part of the grand tradition of great songwriters in the pop pantheon: Jason Falkner, Tomy Keene, Paul McCartney (which he can sing magnificently, I have never heard such an incredible cover of “Maybe I’m Amazed” as the one sung by Jim). On this album he has some magnificent people helping out: from Pete Thomas (from Elvis Costello’s Attractions) to Butch (the Eels) to Aimée Mann to Wayne Kramer (yes the guitarist from the MC5) to Emitt Rhodes (another member of the pantheon of Pop I alluded to above) to Justin Meldal Johnsen (Beck). But most importantly the heart of the matter are the songs: luminous, powerful, melodic, intimate, essential. You will listen to these pop classics again and again as the days go by after you first play this record. A true goldsmith. If there is one pop album to buy this year (along with the latest from Brendan Benson) you must get “Safe in Sound.” This is not merely a recommendation, it is an order!

By Girard Gérard