The Jaded Hearts Club – You’ve Always Been Here
You’ve Always Been Here is a continuous thread of rough covers of the dazzling glitz of old classics. Defiant, desperate, and totally unafraid, the record’s tracks are chosen carefully and exemplify the reckless soul of The Jaded Hearts Club. You’ve Always Been Here is dominant and fierce, seeking love and meaning amid the jagged edges of its instrumental energy.
The uncertain hum of the piano opens the album with We’ll Meet Again. It’s long enough to revel in the intrigue of what is to come, but short enough to leave listeners wanting a little bit more. As the listener slowly descends into quiet comfort, second track Reach Out (I’ll Be There) breathes audacious vibrancy, with rock remix and hints of the jazz age. Reminiscent of a modernised Queen, this is a corrosive contrast with its predecessor.
This Love Starved Heart of Mine (It’s Killing Me) has a touch of dance in its production and vocals, recalling the soul in Marvin Gaye’s original track. Long and Lonesome Road is a disorganised mesh of synth, echo, sounds and words. It’s a hurricane of storytelling that uses production to take listeners on a rambunctious journey of mismatched love. I Put a Spell on You revives the maddening sensuality of Annie Lenox’s original track with the hypnotic crash of the electric guitar.
Why when the Love is Gone acts as an antithesis to Money, which insists on material lust for wealth. The former questions the selfish desire of holding onto a love that never gives back. Another juxtaposition occurs with Love’s Gone Bad, a sassy, distinctive track wrapped in indeterminate darkness. While We’ll Meet Again opened with piano to incite hopeful longing and unrequited sentiment, Fever uses the simplicity of acoustic plucking and breathless whispers to seduce with another round of bad love at the end.
The progression of the whole is not linear, but tracks are carefully crafted and positioned to borrow lyrical relevance from each other. A thread of intoxicating romance runs throughout, stringing itself back to the album’s title. This is not only a record about love, but also an ode to the classics.
You’ve Always Been Here is released on 2nd October 2020. For further information or to order the album visit The Jaded Hearts Club’s website here.
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