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Album Review

The Jenny Thing unearth something new — and something old — on their third album, Nowhere Near You. First of all, the band has matured — the group sounds more focused and self-confident than before. The songs crackle with energy, and the lyrics of Matt Easton (vocals, guitars, keyboards) are stronger, gaining emotional depth and clarity. On the other hand, the band's '80s new wave influences — the Cure, the Smiths, and New Order — are more pronounced. However, the Jenny Thing aren't trying to copy anybody. Although "Lonestar" and "Martha" recall the Cure's Disintegration LP with their dense layers of dreamy, atmospheric guitars, Easton doesn't wallow in Robert Smith's suicidal gloom. The bleak, serrated rhythms of "Gone" also aren't bashful in reveling in their Cure roots, and "Song Six" has droning riffs à la New Order. Despite their similarity to other groups, the Jenny Thing carve their own identity; every track is well-crafted and pulsating with life. Easton's voice emits both breathless desperation and resigned calm. On "Bloodstone," Easton is merely accompanied by an acoustic guitar, and the warmth in his voice is deeply moving. The running length of Nowhere Near You may seem thin for an album; however, there isn't a minute wasted.

Customer Reviews

rad songs, rad chops, rad dudes

this album is the jenny thing's best work. matt sheds a little of the angst from previous albums, but maintains a soft focus on emotional complexities: less about breakups and unrequited crushes, more about wistfulness, interdependence, mortality. the melodies are tasty without being cloying. shyam's guitar work is always spot on and a highlight of any tjt album. only the album cover only looks like vomit, the album itself contains no actual vomit.

TJT Best for last

Unfortunately this was the bands final release. This was such a great record that it is still one of my all time favorites. Lonestar displays everything right about this band. It instantly draws you in and doesn't let go until the final strum of Bloodstone. The music and melodies show such maturity for the group and it just makes you wish there was another record aftrer this to see what they would have created. Great songs, great band, great times at Blake's in Berkeley watching them play. The music is timeless and the songs are still as good as ever. If you love everything good about music then you must own this CD.

Happy to rediscover these treasures

I had one of their songs, whose name eludes me at the moment, and was wondering if these albums still existed. Blessed be! They do!
So naturally I bought all three. These bring me back to the days when my best man, Neal, and my little brother of the heart, Brendan, were still alive.
The night Ed, Mike, Naveed, and I, along with others, went to see NIN and some idiot attacked Ed and I ended up taking the idiot to the floor. Good times.
Miss you guys!


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

The Jenny Thing was a true college band. Not only did the group's music echo the U.K.-dominated sounds of late-'80s campus radio stations, but the band actually formed at a college. Comprised of Matt Easton (vocals, guitar), Shyam Rao (guitar), Ehren Becker (bass), and Michael Phillips (drums), the Jenny Thing originated at U.C. Berkeley, CA, in 1991. Easton had known Phillips since childhood; he was introduced to Becker in junior high, and when he met Rao in college, pieces for a group were filled....
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