Revisiting my extensive music collection, one artist at a time
You won’t find many debut albums from a solo artist as impressive or truly “solo” as Jason Falkner’s 1996 release Presents Author Unknown. The former member of Jellyfish, The Grays and The Three O’Clock proved that he could do it all here. I already praised him and this record in the fifth Great Out Of The Gate post and you’ll find those accolades below.
For more information on this series, please read the opening paragraph of the first post, which featured the debut album from Led Zeppelin.
From GREAT OUT OF THE GATE Part 5:
Incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Jason Falkner has been mentioned at this blog numerous times, as a founding member of ‘90s power-pop groups Jellyfish and The Grays, and even in my series on Foo Fighters (since his voice often reminds me of Dave Grohl at his most melodic). His debut is a “solo” album in the truest sense of the word, as Falkner plays every instrument with the exception of a single guitar part on one song. In spite of this one-man-band approach, it’s as catchy & diverse as anything recorded by a full band, and he proves himself to be not just adept but truly skilled at every instrument. All of that wouldn’t mean much if the songs were forgettable but that’s not a problem here. From splashy album opener “I Live” to the moody & intense “Don’t Show Me Heaven,” from the propulsive “Miracle Medicine” to the bright & shiny “Miss Understanding,” from the slow-building “She Goes To Bed” to the chugging “Hectified,” it’s one melodic gem after another. He’s gone on to work with Beck, Air, Paul McCartney, Brendan Benson and many others, and his solo career has been consistently great.
If this is your first time hearing Mr. Falkner’s music, please let me know what kind of impact these songs made on you. You can’t go wrong with any of his albums and this one is a great place to start. However, if you’re looking for some relaxing music with recognizable melodies, I highly recommend both volumes of his Bedtime With The Beatles series. I also hope to hear from other longtime Jason Falkner fans since most of us are dedicated and passionate about his music.