Between Kiss & Curse
3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN
“After taking time out for last year’s, only second ever, GuanoPoundHammer collaboration – the good news is Jack is back. Pound, the whole Pound and nothing but the Pound! Following days in the studio, Jack recently emerged blinking in the sunshine proudly clutching his new solo album ‘Between Kiss and Curse’. A collection of recordings guaranteed to please and satisfy his fans and supporters both old and new.
A treasury of thirteen lovingly crafted songs, each displaying a poignancy and bald honesty we have come to expect from a Jack Pound album. The heady romantic escapism of Gypsy Idyll, contrasts sharply with the controversial Sea of Souls, a tale of the abortion of an unwanted female fetus in an Asian family. Jack then bids us follow him on to the Third Rock from the Sun, heralding the arrival of the savage Apeman. Yes, that’s you and me folks! In contrast JP opens up his softer side, to touch the heart of the listener in the sweet lullaby Tiny Tears.
Alongside Colin Gibson, as executive producer, tribute should also be paid to Jack’s loyal band of troubadours, who represent some of the finest musicians in Kent and East Sussex. Each having worked tirelessly alongside Jack to perfect, what surely must become, one of the must have albums of the year.”
The Blah Blah Sisterhood – Folkestone Herald – Greentrees Writers Review
“‘Between Kiss and Curse’ is a feast of musical genres; it’s hard to pigeon hole Jack; Soul? Reggae? Rock? Blues? Jazz? Country? This album encompasses the full gamut of Jack’s musical repertoire. Listening to the lyrics is like immersing one’s self in a kaleidoscope of pure lyrical poeticism. Each track gives a vignette of lives lives; reminiscent of a Carver short story, clever and profound.
His lullaby ‘Tiny Tears’ is simple and yet truly beautiful. The rawness of ‘Anna House’ is palpable, with an intrinsic awareness that it is representative of so much more than the lyrics first suggest. ‘Blue Honeymoon’, ‘Dim The Lights’ and ‘Taste’ are for me the tracks that resonate most.
In a recent interview on ‘Front Row’ Neil Young was asked how he felt about his music being perceived by many to be ‘middle of the road’. He responded by saying that he plays to please himself and that he would rather be in a ditch somewhere than playing to please the masses. I sense that Jack shares those sentiments; he’s not prepared to sell his musical soul for manna and writes only those songs he is driven to write. Which after listening to this varied, eclectic mix, begs the question: why is Jack playing in a covers band and not giving us all the joy of hearing his repertoire live?”