Hologram Jams

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  • Summary: The second album produced by John Goodmanson for Jaguar Love finds the band now just a duo comporised of ex-Blood Brothers/Pretty Girls Make Graves band members Johnny Whitney and Cody Votolato after J. Clark left the band in 2009.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. If you can take Hologram Jams lightly and come to terms with the fact that Jaguar Love’s post-punk and rock pretenses are fully behind them, then it’s a fun outing. Ridiculous lyrics, bristling energy, ‘80s synths, and booty beats are the core of the record.
  2. JL have dropped a weird pop record so humorously danceable that Ke$ha’s probably planning a collaboration as we type.
  3. Glossing over realisations that the second half begins to drag, Hologram Jams won’t appease anybody who rates music to decimal points or regularly orders their record collection alphabetically. Instead, it’s fun in the same manner as a night out necking Lambrini and cheap cocktails.
  4. The vocal strength that he displays elsewhere on the album isn’t there. There is the decided feeling of potential not being realised.
  5. This time, the band added a dash of retro synths that, ironically, help the music sound more fresh.
  6. 50
    While it’s commendable, if unnecessary, that Whitney and Votolato are exploring new musical areas, there’s no denying the fact that if Take Me to the Sea ever ran into Hologram Jams in a dark alley, Hologram would be down for the count.
  7. Hologram Jams (that title remind you of Oracular Spectacular or Robotique Majestique?) is a vastly inferior record to Sea, replacing the dynamic punk psychedelia of their debut with sugary overstimulation and rank nostalgia.

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