The new album by Jule Vera, Waiting On The Sun, has some tunes that are sure to get stuck in your head.
“Show Me” is a good intro song, with a happy upbeat rhythm, but ultimately feels plain and unimaginative. On the other hand, the synths and beat in “10,000 Hours” feels fresh and like a good start to the thick of the album. The next song, “Bad Company,” is one of the catchiest songs on the record. I can’t not think about Blossoms’ “Charlemagne” when I listen to the song, which makes me wonder if “Bad Company” drew at least some inspiration from the Blossoms song. Another catchy song is “Porch Swing.” This has been stuck in my head for days. The song has a very raw and personal vibe, combining vocals, ukulele, guitar, bass, and drums so beautifully. Ansley Newman‘s vocals are really shown off in “Running” as she explores the full range of her voice, hitting both low lows and high highs. “Waiting” is another song that reminds me of another song, this time the Jule Vera song’s piano tune and the chorus to the Christmas classic “Do You Hear What I Hear” (and the William Beckett cover). I find the resemblance I hear too distracting from the actual song and it detracts from the heartfelt ballad. The album ends on “Can’t Help,” which pulls the listener in with its infectious beat, strings, and piano. It’s definitely one of the top songs on the album, ending the record on a high note. Waiting On The Sun has a few bangers, such as “Porch Swing” and “Can’t Help,” but others don’t seem to feel too original or like lasting songs.
Overall: Good pop rock album, but a couple songs remind me of other songs too much to feel too original.
Review by Shane Haley