First Rays of the New Rising Sun (Jimi Hendrix) – MAYBE
Jimi Hendrix's "First Rays of the New Rising Sun" (1970/1, 1997)
(intended for 1970/1, released April 22, 1997))
Listening to First Rays of the New Rising Sun — this composite of what Hendrix’s fourth studio album may have sounded like — is a bittersweet experience: it is clearly incomplete, but there is evidence here — tight, upbeat, brilliant evidence — that this could have approached the quality of Are You Experienced!
Jukebox the Ghost’s Everything Under the Sun (2010) – MAYBE SO
Everything Under The Sun (Jukebox the Ghost, 2010)
(September 7, 2010)
The follow-up to their outstanding debut (Let Live and Let Ghosts), Everything Under the Sun is a catchy, quirky, and dynamic set of piano rock tracks that strongly establish Jukebox the Ghost as a band able to not only write great songs but also assemble clever, meaningful studio albums.
The Easy Wonderful CD design is telling: the disc is a vibrant, organic hand-drawn color wheel (see the cover) with a massive “FBI Anti-Piracy Warning” stamped over it; this design — whether the band approved the warning or not — finds Guster, as always, an engaging band with a knack for beautiful songwriting but with too much feeling forced or underwhelming this time around to truly impress alongside their back catalog (i.e. Keep It Together, anyone?).