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Album Review

San Diego quartet We Shot the Moon aren't exactly newcomers: singer/songwriter Jonathan Jones was the frontman of the Coldplay-like piano rock band Waking Ashland, and two members of the original trio lineup (since replaced) are also in the pop-punk act Sherwood. Unsurprisingly, then, the sound of debut album Fear and Love pretty much sounds like a fusion of Keane and Weezer, except that it's actually much more entertaining than that sounds. Jones and his cohorts are unapologetic fans of straightforward pop music, and there are no misguided attempts at showing off indie rock credibility on Fear and Love, a chirpy and generally positive pop/rock album long on catchy piano-based melodies and memorable choruses and short on both angst and distortion. Jones also has an entirely pleasant voice that's a refreshing change from the usual emo-kid mewl, and his fondness for "whoa-ho-ho" hooks (see opening track "The Water's Edge" and first single "Sway Your Head" for excellent examples of same) is equally appreciated. The album is paced oddly, with a longish string of ballads including the solid "Perfect Time" and the rather drippy crisis-of-faith retelling "Tunnel Vision" blunting the momentum of the several sprightly power pop tunes at the album's front end, but overall, Fear and Love is an enjoyable listen.

Customer Reviews


I met Jonathan jones (lead singer) said ltfp was what he called his ex - little tiger fary princess

It's Pretty Good...

I'd say this album was worth the buy, but there are a few tracks I could do without (In the Blue, Julie). On the other hand, there are a few of my all time favorites in here (Please Shine, Tunnel Vision, Hope).

The Water's Edge: A catchy pop tune that gets stuck in my head :) 10/10
Sway your Head: Even better than the 1st - great lyrics, really relatable, 10/10
LTFP: Annoys me I have no idea what the name means, but a good song, docked a point for the name 9/10
Faces: Doesn't stand out to me as great, but still solid 9/10
Perfect time: I've known a bunch of people who think this song is really beautiful, but I think it's sort of repetitive and cliched 8/10
Tunnel Vision: Honestly my 2nd favorite song (except the line with "hippie man" in it) - love the piano, and the lyrics are just beautiful 10/10
Julie: One of my least favorites, just not great, I can't pick out why right now though, 7/10
On Your Way: Good song, but like faces, doesn't stand out to me, 9/10
Hope: Great song - a 3rd? favorite, though some lyrics don't make sense with the song, it's still great 10/10
Upon Waking...: Didn't love this song at first, but now it's one of my favorites too - really good lyrics 10/10
In the Blue: My least favorite song, just NOT good at all, 6.5/10
Please Shine: So beautiful! My favorite because the lyrics and piano combined with his great voice make for a perfect ending 10/10


Every song on this CD is worth 10/10. There's not a song on this CD that isn't worth buying. They're all catchy and very well done. It's close to impossible to find CDs like this. One of the other reviews says that "In the Blue" and "Julie" aren't good songs, but I strongly disagree, it's Jonathan at his best.


Formed: 2007 in San Diego, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Formerly known as the Honor Roll, San Diego's We Shot the Moon was formed by Jonathan Jones when his previous band, Waking Ashland, broke up. After recruiting Dan Koch and Joe Greenetz for the new project, the trio posted four songs on MySpace as the Honor Roll in July 2007. A month later, the group changed its name and entered...
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