- reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2006 1 Oct
- Welcome Home
- Get Ready (Hot Machete)
- Man in a 3K Suit
- The Love That Carries Me
- The City We Live In
- Bringin' It Back Tonite … Everybody Start
- Burn It Down!
Hailing from the small town of Clinton, Mississippi, Jonezetta started out recording demos for themselves, purely for the fun of it. But it wasn't long before others started encouraging them to make their music heard, including Christian hardcore band As Cities Burn, who undoubtedly played a part in introducing Jonezetta to Tooth & Nail. After a bidding war, the label won by reportedly offering one of the biggest deals in their history for a new artist. The buzz continues to mount with Jonezetta opening for Mute Math on their fall 2006 tour to promote their debut effort.
The question is whether or not fun is all you're looking for. Jonezetta is not your band if you're seeking great spiritual depth, but if you favor instead stock phrases of getting down and putting hands together. The breakout track "Get Ready (Hot Machete)" hints at the band's beliefs ("We're bringin' bodies back to life/Just like we all were born tonight"), "Burn It Down!" is apocalyptic in tone, and "Backstabber" takes overly pious legalists to task, but you'd think there'd be more to a song like "The Love That Carries Me" than abstract loneliness. As with Family Force 5, Jonezetta sounds fantastic—now if only their songs carried more substance.