I'm sick of people comparing new bands to already established bands. "They sound just like so and so, blah blah blah and therefore they are unoriginal and not worth listening to" It is ridiculous. Not every single band can be completely unique and original when compared to all others. It is impossible. What makes the difference between bands is what they have in addition to the similar style that sets them apart. Most times that is solid music, a talented singer, and original thought-provoking lyrics. THAT is where I judge if a band is good or not. NOT if they sound a bit like this other band. Stop comparing new bands to already established bands and judge them on their own merits and not preconceived ones.
Now to actually get to my review of this album and band. I have to say this is one of the best debut albums I've come across in a while. It wowed me. Nearly every single track on this album could be a radio hit. The music is some of the best and ORIGINAL that I've had the pleasure of listening to recently. The tempo and key changes within a single song are fantastic as well as the complexity of the music. The lead singer has a phenominal voice. It is solid, strong and has a wide range. The lyrics in these songs are great and the HARMONY within these songs is gorgeous.
My favorite tracks are: I'm Breathing, In This Life, The River, Rearview Mirror, and Ready to Roll. In all honestly, the only track I don't care much for is Poster Princess, and that is because the lyrics are weak and more like something from a bad pop/R&B song. It is out of place with the rest of this album, but I can still listen to it because the guitar on that song rocks.
All in all, Jet Black Stare is a new discovery I just made that I am absolutely loving. 5*****