With each of these tracks I couldnt help but liken the sound to that of the critically acclaimed, Blue Rodeo, who also move effortlessly from rock to pop to folk and roots, but always with their own flair and sound that could easily be heard on adult contemporary stations as well as country stations all over North America.Shannon Ambrose
Distractions released 2006
Producer: Jerry Wong
The list of credits on this album reads like a whos who of Canadian musicians. Jerry Wong (Damn The Diva, Bif Naked, Loverboy), Geraldo Dominelli (Loverboy, West End Girls), Geoff Hicks and Odds alumni; Pat Stewart and Doug Elliott (the latter being very familiar names and faces to me, seeing them perform live many times with Colin James).
Distractions is one of those releases that doesnt really fit into one set genre - and for that matter, why should it? With a mix of pop/rock/folk and roots, Scott Jackson is an artist who is comfortable exploring all those genres that really do not need description. Containing 11 tracks, Distractions is Scotts second solo release, following on the heals of his 6 song EP, My World.
Opening with the upbeat hit single Cmom Cmom, this lively pop track starts the CD off very nicely, and then moving into When You Gonna Come Down, another nice pop track with a hint of a rock edge thanks to a heavy guitar accompaniment. Lyrically, Scott shows his prowess with the reflective, She Cries. This tune touched me the most, taking an event that has inspired many an artist, Scott lets his music and words tell his own tale of soul searching.
Scotts folksy/rootsy side comes out in the tracks, In The Morning, Precious Things, Empty Cup, Mercy and Tears of Bourbon. Like other artists who refuse to fit into a cookie cutter sound, Scott uses a mix of acoustic guitar, keys, harmonica and on Tears of Bourbon a mandolin; to set the mood. With each of these tracks I couldnt help but liken the sound to that of the critically acclaimed, Blue Rodeo, who also move effortlessly from rock to pop to folk and roots, but always with their own flair and sound that could easily be heard on adult contemporary stations as well as country stations all over North America.
Rich in melody as well as lyrically, Scotts own version of non-genre specific music defies classification. Where does all this fit into? Is it pop/country/folk? Does all of this really matter? Too often we are striving to fit round objects into round holes and square objects into square holes, rather then just seeing them as objects and appreciating them for just that, and the joy they bring. Isnt it nice to know that in the vast world of musical expression, there are artists like Scott Jackson that refuse to fit into a nice tidy round hole.