JMSN
†Priscilla†


4.0
excellent

Review

by Askar S Imam USER (11 Reviews)
July 26th, 2012 | 42 replies | 5,769 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Subtleties, this album has none; and it doesn’t need to

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Imitation is often considered the sincerest form of flattery. Not so, in the music business at least. If an artist imitates or tries to capture the spirit of a pre-existing sound, the resonant response is mostly negative. But therein lays a paradox: If an artist takes a sound and expands on it, the echoes of “trying too hard” are then heard. So, as the idea of marketing/copying/expanding increases in this wide bazar of music (fueled by the internet) so does the expansion of genres.

It is exactly this reason that has led to many ignoring Christian Berishaj. The man, formerly known Christian TV, struggling for years to find a niche, discovered that the masses were responding well to Abel Tesfaye, and so reinvented himself and took up the mantle of JMSN. In early 2012 he release a project titled Priscilla.

Yes, the dark subject matter exists here. And yes the tales of debauchery, lust, ego and desire all feel well-known, but that’s where the familiarity ends. While his contemporaries, in this new emerging sound, revel in the exorbitance and even glorify themselves, we see JMSN take a different approach, one where he is repulsed by these exact traits, having lived by them and seeks to find a ‘new him’. The symbolism is obvious: shedding the old skin and struggling to do better in a new world.

The album is self-produced, meaning, he captures the exact sound that is demanded from a personal project such as this. While the electro fuzz is present, there is also a heavy presence of instrumentation. The strumming of guitars is very noticeable; heavy thumping of drums, bleeps of clarinets and even a saxophone's melodies are wailing through the motions. And Christian’s crooning. Having a falsetto that could put many singers to shame, his wailing and shrieks are piercing, if nothing else. He balances them with reverb and ambience dutifully, such as on the opener Jameson. Introduced with reprimanding voice-messages of discerning friends and family, the swirls of violins capture your attention as JMSN laments “Well everyone changes, some of them good, some bad. We make our mistakes and hope we can take them back. We're all trying to make it, why can't you understand? That life is what happens when you're making other plans. As I sit back stare at the glass in my hand” Subtleties, this album has none; and it doesn’t need to. The music feels like it’s been soaked in whiskey and left out to dry in a battering storm. The pain and anguish of a man seeking redemption is balanced out well with him struggling to let go of past tendencies. Whether it’s questioning the motivations of his partner on Do U Remember The Time or deploring the state of his existence on ballads, like Hotel and Something, Christian’s desire and queries sound authentic and expanded. The haunting murmur of Fallin is echoed by Christian debating his motivations: “I watch the sun fade into night again. Every day just feels the same - And all these drugs won't numb the pain”

There is the banality and repetitiveness of Girl I Used To Know that seems out of place, while Lights suffers from over-use of vocal manipulation, burying underneath what could be a composition of hope and perhaps reclamation.
And so we have a young talent, a man looking for a new hope and a new phase in his life. Perhaps the sincerity of Priscilla might be lost in the future and perhaps Christian might resort to manufacturing the authenticity and honesty, but for now there’s a counter-balance to the hedonism; a regretful man, wanting, but not gaining salvation and it’s bloody damn good to hear him struggle.



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Casablanca
July 26th 2012



262 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

In which I never use the words "The Weeknd"!

fuckthatnoise
July 26th 2012



1479 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

wow i completely forgot i even listened to this.

In which I never use the words "The Weeknd"!


recommended by reviewer

Casablanca
July 26th 2012



262 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The obvious comparison is him, but that's why I refuse to let that influence the review

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
July 26th 2012



4081 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This needed a review.

Digging: Bo Anders Persson - Love Is Here to Stay

kingsoby1
Emeritus
July 26th 2012



4829 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

interesting will check out. nicely done

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kingsoby1
Emeritus
July 26th 2012



4829 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

really good. obviously influenced by weeknd, but you'd have to be an idiot not to be if you make r&b nowadays

Casablanca
July 26th 2012



262 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good to know you dig this Sobhi

The Weeknd's kind of become this generation's Marvin Gaye (the measurement of R&B quality)

kingsoby1
Emeritus
July 26th 2012



4829 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

definitely agree. not sure where i am on this yet, between 3.5 and 4 for sure.

looking forward to how to dress well

Casablanca
July 26th 2012



262 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh yea, that will be massive. Feels like it's going to be epic (in scale) as opposed to Love Remains.

Manic_
July 26th 2012



447 Comments


this was cool from what I remember, a little too pop in some cases but still good.

lol @ the Marvin/Weeknd comparison, that's so sad.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
July 26th 2012



4829 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Why is that?

deepintheorchard
July 26th 2012



644 Comments


If this band is supposed to be pronounced 'Jameson' I'm going to wig.

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
July 26th 2012



4081 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Do U Remember The Time is THE guilty pleasure jam of 2012.

Manic_
July 27th 2012



447 Comments


"Why is that?"

the Weeknd doesn't hold a candle to him in his prime even though as a whole Marvin was very inconsistent but the music has fallen so hard after the reign of neo-soul that the comparison between the two is actually valid because there's no one else dropping quality records in the genre.

Casablanca
July 27th 2012



262 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Do U Remember The Time is THE guilty pleasure jam of 2012.



Why? It's an awesome song regardless. Alone is my fav jam!

kingsoby1
Emeritus
July 27th 2012



4829 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Manic - I dont know if I agree with you in terms of quality. I think this new crop of dark r&B artists is really interesting, and abel has an incredible voice.

Funeralopolis
July 27th 2012



10420 Comments


Liking this. The Weeknd is amazing.

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Manic_
July 27th 2012



447 Comments


@Manic - I dont know if I agree with you in terms of quality. I think this new crop of dark r&B artists is really interesting, and abel has an incredible voice.

interesting yes but in comparison to any other time in R&B the last 5 years has been a low point. Abel can't sing that well, he relies on studio magic on record, that said he makes great music.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
July 27th 2012



4829 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

man, he was amazing live...

PuddlesPuddles
July 27th 2012



4665 Comments


hey bb



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