Have you ever heard an aesthetically bad sounding album come out of Nashville? I mean really, if you record an album there you are pretty much guaranteed a polished product. Case and point is the recent EP from Jakedag entitled Jakedag The EP.
Jakedag The EP has good production but there are also some solid songs amongst the five. Jakedag to my knowledge is one guy named Jake Dagostino. Dagostino was born in Tampa, FL, and played gigs all over the east coast and is currently located in Nashville. This past July is when he got around to releasing Jakedag The EP, which is his debut.
The EP mixes country and rock with singer/songwriter tendencies. Some songs fare better than others. The first song is the most original sounding and also happens to excel in some other areas where some of the other tunes don’t. Dagostino’s vocal delivery is just about perfect on this song and sounds natural with a good amount of grit. I enjoyed the complex drums parts, guitars and dynamic of the song. On top of that it’s catchy and something you won’t mind getting caught in your head.
I couldn’t help but wonder if “Baby Blue” may have had some influence from Breaking Bad. It’s a solid song and I thought the verse was the high point. The vocals on the chorus could have worked better. I’m not sure if it I thought they were too aggressive but they almost sounded too raw.
“Dear Mr.Governor” sounded a bit out of place compared to the first two songs. Dagostino gets some inspiration on this track from Johnny Cash and classic country progression that has appeared on a countless amount of songs. Dagostino shows some inspired moments on the next two songs “Little Boy” and “Bonnie and Clyde.” For me “Little Boy” was the other standout beside the opener.
Jakedag The EP is far from perfect but a solid debut. Dagostino has some talent and I’d be willing to guess that not all of it has been heard yet.
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