ALBUM REVIEW: Jon Jonsson – “Wait For Fate”
With the right promotion this is exactly the kind of album pop radio claims to be looking for: “Sooner Or Later” in particular has a ballad-lover’s hook music programmers should already be fighting over who gets to claim loving it first.
Jon Jonsson – “Wait For Fate” (2012, Independent)
“Every day gets way better when you’re around,” Jon Jonssen sings on “When You’re Around,” the lead-off single for Wait For Fate. What would sound cloying coming from a lesser songwriter has an honest, road-tested vibe when emerging voiced by Jonsson, an Icelandic native who honed his chops while studying at Boston University. Clearly the sounds of Jason Mraz rubbed off on him; the laid-back grooves on Wait For Fate are undeniably resonant, particularly the layered melodies which are subtle yet incredibly effective. What’s more impressive is how Jonsson builds on that level of pop pedigree, drawing on a jazzy sound which makes “Kiss In The Morning” sound as much like Star Turtle-era Harry Connick, Jr or just about anything to ever come from the mouth of Jamie Cullum.
If you can listen to this album and still claim to not find your toes tapping or a whistle budding on your lips, you may lack a pop music soul. If that’s the case, carry on in peace, but those looking for such hidden gems will be glad they took the time to listen to Jon Jonsson. With the right promotion this is exactly the kind of album pop radio claims to be looking for: “Sooner Or Later” in particular has a ballad-lover’s hook music programmers should already be fighting over who gets to claim loving it first. Wait For Fate is a refreshingly confident debut from a songwriter I can’t wait to hear more from.