As the liner notes of this new reissue point out, Spencer didn't yell out "Blues Explosion! Here, he yells it constantly. But most of the greatest moments on the album aren't the go-for-broke blasts of adrenaline; they're the points where the band pulls back and sticks to the pocket.
It's a bit of a surprise to learn, via the newly fleshed-out liner notes, that the band was in a pretty dysfunctional and drugged-out state at the time they recorded it. Guitarist Judah Bauer floats the theory that he might've played behind the beat throughout the album because he was "junk sick. The tracks groove hard, and every change feels totally intuitive.
Only a couple of songs on Orange have what could even loosely be considered choruses. Spencer is the unquestioned frontman here, but his vocals are more hypeman exhortation than actual song. A few instrumentals turn up, and all the songs could really work without Spencer's vocals, fun as it is to hear him whoop out the names of different cities or scream about how much his wife likes to fuck.
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A related problem is the lack of proper songs on this and other JSBX records. Despite his uncanny talent for the art of songwriting, Spencer almost never indulges his audience with a melodic song with proper verses and choruses. The truth is, I don't know. I somehow doubt anyone knows. It's a bizarre mix of stuff that is nonetheless addictingly compelling.
It has the brilliant 'Brenda' that will steal your heart and the hilarious punk of 'Bell-bottom'. The title track is shouted with disdain, and 'full grown' is funny and sexy and really, really strange. Throughout, the amazing riffs of Judah Bower who has an amazing ability to produce sheer noise out of his little electric guitar and the mad-as-hell drumming of Russell Simmons is perfect background for Spencer's over the top delivery. Rock music is supposed to be straightforward and, well, rockin'.
JSBX are doing just that. In doing so, they reinvigorated a genre with a much needed boost of excitement and creativity that's so far down the line that few bands have dared imitate it let alone dare repeat it. And that includes the band themselves. But then again, they don't need to. They did what they had to do and their subsequent journey has seen them plough a very individual and idiosyncratic furrow. It might well be a distillation and isolation of particular time and place but such is its achievement and unique standing that the record's perfectly formed ideas and execution resonate with a clarity down the decades that makes it timeless.
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