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Reviewed on 9th June 2004.


The Heat

By Jesse Malin

Seemingly bursting out of nowhere from Queens, New York last year with debut 'The Fine Art Of Self Destruction' Jesse Malin won over a legion of fans with his punk-inspired yet, gentle, melodic and lyrically strong songs in the classic songwriter mould. Amongst those won over were the ones lured in by Ryan Adams involvement with the album, Malin's heroes Joe Strummer and Bruce Springsteen and those who already knew about his talent from his days in punk rockers D Generation.

Almost two decades of slugging it out in punk acts has provided a strong grounding for Malin and whilst he retains the passion and energy of those early days he has found his niche with carefully crafted songs that either come straight from the heart or he manages to convince you that they do. Much like The Replacements' Paul Westerberg, Malin has blossomed and matured with age, intertwining the delicate with the vitriolic but always with passionate and insightful lyrics.

'The Heat' retains the same spirit as TFAOSD without being a remake of the same album. A year on the road has provided new experiences for Malin to write about; "The sun goes down over Hyde Park, the concierge is tending bar, meanwhile back across the pond, all my fiends are dads and moms", the energetic 'Hotel Columbia' is a perfect companion for the summer, hitting the sing-along chorus early and containing a fine post chorus bridge and middle 8.

Malin's voice has the ability to sound decidedly downbeat about everything, yet when paired with the sweet strumming of acoustic guitar, the bright rise and fall of a chorus laden guitar line or fragile piano it becomes wonderfully uplifting. There's a good balance of tempo throughout the album; from the rumbling drums of 'Silver Manhattan' or the delightful 'Basement Home' to the driving beats of 'Scars of Love', complete with a fine lead guitar motif, and the fast paced wording of opener 'Mona Lisa'.

Like Springsteen, Malin has the ability to characterise people in depth using only a couple of lines, such as in 'Swinging Man', "We never had a baby, but she got more tattoos". 'Arrested' is perhaps the standout track, it's brooding opening exploding into a powerful thunderball of a tune; "She beats the kid, he plays the drums". It's a fine use of imagery and it contrasts nicely with the blunt directness of later line, "The undercover makes the bust, but not before he gets a touch".

'The Heat' further establishes Jesse Malin as fine songwriter in the mould of the aforementioned heroes as well as the likes of Elvis Costello and Billy Joel and with more material like this he's not far from joining them as one of rock's classic songwriters.



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On 29th June 2004 at 14:02 Anonymous 251 wrote...

Have you all bought this yet? Well ya bloody well should! He's playing Fibbers on 9th July, take the trip over and check him out.


On 29th June 2004 at 14:14 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

Are you Holden De Forge?


On 29th June 2004 at 15:41 Anonymous 251 wrote...

I'm saying nothing.


On 29th June 2004 at 16:10 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

My God. It shouldn't be allowed


On 29th June 2004 at 16:21 Anonymous 251 wrote...

Have you really only just worked that out?


On 29th June 2004 at 16:49 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

I knew something wasn't right. Shame on you


On 29th June 2004 at 18:56 Anonymous 251 wrote...

I LOVE Bon Jovi. I have no shame.


On 30th June 2004 at 01:09 Anonymous 1200 wrote...

Have you see By Jovi, the tribute band?

My mate Scott owns Richie Sambora's old triple-neck acoustic geetar. One neck is a 12-string, one neck is a mandolin, and the other one is just normal. It cost him a fortune. And he's met the mulleted-fret-widdler too.


On 30th June 2004 at 08:29 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

I'm still in shock Mike. Next you'll be saying that performingchimp is really Jon Gomm


On 30th June 2004 at 10:24 Anonymous 251 wrote...

Never seen By Jovi, have seen a band called New Jersey though years ago. I never got to see Richie use the triple neck bad boy unfortunately. I wish I had seen em on the New Jersey tour, maybe at that point people wouldn't have mocked me for liking them.
I have a Tico Torres snare drum which is very nice, well he designed it at least.

Hey Si, just to spoil your fun even more Sam S is Sam Saunders!!!


On 30th June 2004 at 11:03 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

I don't believe you. How can i ever trust you again.


On 30th June 2004 at 12:34 Anonymous 1200 wrote...

lemonhead ron is really dale winton.


On 30th June 2004 at 12:58 Anonymous 251 wrote...

I like this game.

Dave Sugden is really Osama Bin Laden....I've found him Georgie!!!


On 10th August 2004 at 15:13 Anonymous 251 wrote...

Jesse Malin is playing The Cockpit at the end of September. GO SEE HIM !



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