Jetty Bones
Push Back


4.0
excellent

Review

by Trebor. STAFF
March 1st, 2021 | 15 replies


Release Date: 02/24/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dance the pain away with bubbly pop music

Push Back is not what I was expecting. Kelce Galluzzo - who performs under the handle of Jetty Bones - has not been a pop artist in the traditional sense, the trio of EPs she’s released in the last few years have all been a hodgepodge of pop-punk, midwest emo, and indie rock. Sparking comparisons to early Paramore, Kelce Galluzzo quickly set herself apart with razor-sharp melodies, introspective lyrics, and just enough twinkly guitar riffs to satisfy the greater midwestern United States, and although all of her prior music is catchy, it’s never been unapologetically pop the way Push Back is. Guitar largely takes a backseat to electronics, piano, R&B beats, and there’s even a sprinkling of alt-country in there, and the record is all the better for it as the eclectic nature of the music perfectly fits the constant back and forth in Kelce’s head of “I just want to die/I just want to dance”. And it all comes together, it all works, largely because the music is so unapologetic in its diversity, and the lyrics about depression and staying sober are so confident and straight-forward. Coming off of three excellent punk releases Push Back is not what I was expecting, and that’s more than fine.


Lyrically, Kelce puts all her emphasis on the process of struggle rather than the conclusion - someone who by all accounts is experiencing success, but doesn’t want to be seen as a role model, and doesn’t want to take for granted that one is always in the process of getting better. This passage toward the end of "Bad Time" perfectly sums up the crux of what Kelce is trying to convey with Push Back - “I don't deserve the high appraisals / For pretending that I'm stable / Or crying underneath the tip jar on our merch table / So if you wanna call me your role model / Well, I have some qualms with that / There are many better options / And that's just a ***ing fact”. Kelce’s voice carries the frenetic tone of the lyrics with pin-point precision, specifically with the rapid-fire rhyming in the opener and That’s All that feels like three songs worth of lyrics squeezed into its sub-two-minute runtime. The music is as eclectic as the ideas bouncing around in Kelce’s head, and it’s not often that an album will be bold enough to transition from a country track to a midwest emo song. Adding to the diversity there’s the delightful 80s pop revivalism of Nothing, the theatricality of "Waking Up Exhausted" and "Bad Time" that reminds me of peak My Chemical Romance, and the drifting chopped up vocal snippets in "Everything" that have been stuck in my head for days. The near-constant shifting of musical tone fits the dark, spontaneous, and often humorous lyrics to a tee, and the transition from pop-punk heroine to fully-fledged pop star is a fitting transition for a project as consistently great as Jetty Bones.



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Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
March 1st 2021


57768 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Streaming on YT - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKcGEIO7V0rW3twFq9HxjzgMSBBn5G901

Digging: Sex-Dragoon - Mayo

Chambered79
March 2nd 2021


771 Comments


Hey this ain't bad

Brett W
March 2nd 2021


346 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

fun songs. Her voice can is either really great or annoying, ie most of Bad Time. I can't with the Linda line...

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
March 2nd 2021


2823 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i enjoyed some of the eps, but her voice is way too grating for a full length in this style :/

the heart attack man feature is class though

Digging: Lunation Fall - Near

nightbringer
March 2nd 2021


1887 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I ... am torn on this.

nightbringer
March 2nd 2021


1887 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

If only there was some sort of rating that could signal feelings of ambivalence between like and dislike. Ah well.

alamo
March 2nd 2021


3776 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

taking up space is a huge jam

markfromearly
March 3rd 2021


12 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Definitely enjoyed it but I can't stand when a singer sounds like their on a broadway stage, if you know what i mean

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
March 3rd 2021


57768 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I definitely agree with all your criticisms, but this really grew on me after a few listens

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
March 3rd 2021


34928 Comments


"If only there was some sort of rating that could signal feelings of ambivalence between like and dislike"
lol

Digging: Xiu Xiu - OH NO

tyman128
Contributing Reviewer
March 3rd 2021


2415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't know what it is, but I really am digging this record... gonna come back a few more times, but first impressions of it are fantastic. I love the style of the album, and I really actually enjoy her vocals for some reason

Digging: Low Island - If You Could Have It All Again

nightbringer
March 3rd 2021


1887 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Decided on dislike.

tyman128
Contributing Reviewer
March 3rd 2021


2415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sad to see

nightbringer
March 3rd 2021


1887 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

But have you actually *seen* my dislike though?

tyman128
Contributing Reviewer
March 3rd 2021


2415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I see the 2.0 rating, that's enough to know



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