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Album Review

The second album by Secondhand Serenade, aka singer/songwriter John Vesely, finds the former solo artist making a grab for the pop-emo brass ring. Featuring production by (separately) Avril Lavigne and All-American Rejects knob twiddler Butch Walker and former Nine Inch Nails member Danny Lohner, not to mention full-band re-recordings of two of the debut's strongest songs, A Twist in My Story is an unapologetic mainstream alternative pop album. The more grandiose arrangements add strings, layered harmonies, and other arrangement details to Vesely's songwriting style. (He has explained the band name by saying that his songs are all dedicated to his wife, and the fact that others get to hear them is secondary: hence, Secondhand Serenade.) The result is an alt-pop record comparable to the likes of Five for Fighting or even the mellow Jason Mraz.

Customer Reviews

A new beautiful way to listen to old favorites

John has really made his old songs new again. Sure they are the same lyrics but it is a new way of creating the music. He has really given us fans something to look forward to and he did not dissapoint. Great job John! It is fantastic :D


It takes a lot to make me speechless. Coming from a music background with two parents graduating from a music school, music is my life and I find myself critiquing more than anything. But this album is different. John's use of simple instruments and the smoothness of his voice makes this album very much enjoyable to listen to. From the simplicity of just him and the piano in Your Call to the unique sound of the Ukulele and him in Stranger, John has done it again. It makes me proud to say I have been a fan since 2008. Bravo!

I'm just gonna put this out there...

I live John Vesely. Another great album from a great guy. Couldn't ask for more. Thank you John. Can't wait to see you live again.


Formed: Menlo Park, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Much like Five for Fighting or Dashboard Confessional, Secondhand Serenade is the project name for a solo artist, singer/songwriter John Vesely. Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area in a musical family that included his professional jazz musician father, Vesely spent a number of years playing bass in local bands before picking up the acoustic guitar and refocusing his attention on composing original material. Rather than releasing the new material under his name, Vesely chose to group them under...
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