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Gonzalez, Jason - 2001 On The Edge Of The Edge

Jason Gonzalez - vocals, acoustic guitars, synths
Michael Cacioppo - bass, guitars, drums, percussion
Craig Coleman - guitars
James John - guitars
Steve Wiede - drums

Most will recall Jason Gonzalez being the voice behind the band Just Jay. Based out of New Jersey, Just Jay released the 'Through My Eyes' album during 1999. It was a good solid introduction to the man and his music, being mainly accoustic oriented melodic pop, with hints of Steve Perry vocal flavours, and neat rhythmic percussive elements. Now relocated back to Seattle, WA, Jason's approach is not unlike the one taken by artists such as John Taglieri and Jim Steed, both chaps have been featured here at GDAZE. Both have good local reputations, and the quality of their material reinforces their ability and promise. The same could just about be said for Jason, though admittedly this second album, the wonderfully titled 'On The Edge Of The Edge' sees him move ahead in leaps and bounds when compared to his earlier incarnation of Just Jay. I think Jason will be the first to admit he's got a way to go yet, but hey.. he's doing it, and living his dream. Great attitude man..

The Songs
The album crosses adult contemporary (AC), soft rock, and modern pop. A virtual melting pot, which is catchy, jangly and upbeat. The vibe is surprisingly positive, in contrast to the lyrics which are more reflective, melancholy, and self analytical in some ways. For a reference point I'd take Steve Perry's 'Street Talk', make it accoustic, and play it in a modern style. Is that about right Jason? There are some subtle graces to be heard on songs such as the delicate 'I Will Find A Reason', the warmth of 'Do You Know What It's Like', or the Novo Combo (remember them?) sounding 'I Need You Too'. The closest he gets to AOR is 'Walkin', dredging up comparisons to Ohio's 70's heroes the Michael Stanley Band. This one is brill.. Some songs tread a slightly different path though, like the hi-tech 80's pop of 'It's Just A Feeling' or the modern day pop crunch of 'Someone To Pass The Time'. This demonstrates that Jason can 'change it up', though personally, I feel his niche is in those layers of soft rock as heard on the other tracks.

In Summary
I like this album a lot.. it's got charm, and it's a pleasant and harmless romp through the melodic rock/pop dictionary. After a few repeated listenings it becomes apparent that there are more than enough great moments to wade through. One word of advice though Jason.. promise you won't do the Vegas thing and go all schlmatzy on us! Keep it rockin'.

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Track Listing:
01 A Shoulder To Lean On
02 Do You Know What It's Like
03 I Will Find A Reason
04 Someone To Pass The Time
05 I Need You Too
06 When I Look In Your Eyes
07 My Own Way
08 Walkin'
09 I'll Be There
10 It's Just A Feeling

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