[Album Review] Shotgun Jimmie- Field of Trampolines
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Release Date: March 18th, 2016
Label: You’ve Changed Records

Shotgun Jimmie is starting to sound more like Goodtime Charlie as he pops out an album of unabashed sunny tunes. Recorded last August after a fun-filled summer tour, SJ and producer Joel Plaskett cranked out the album from beginning to end within four days. This music is as breezy and carefree as a summer wind, but also just as insubstantial and fleeting.

There is no denying SJ’s abilities as a solid songwriter and he has a real knack for the odd earworm. “Love Letter” features catchy rhymes and a bouncy ’60s organ. The summer vibe is captured perfectly on “Triple Letter Score”, and SJ makes us laugh with the line, “Sunglasses, beach towels/Hanging with the angry owls”. Arguably the album’s title track is the strongest, with some inspired harmonies and one or two flights into the falsetto.

So what’s wrong with all this? Nothing really. It’s a lot of fun. However, it’s sort of like eating a Big Mac – enjoyable at the time, yes, but it doesn’t linger in your memory like a fine steak dinner. Furthermore, Field of Trampolines pales somewhat in comparison to SJ’s earlier work. There was a higher level of creativity, for example, in the varied fare of Everything, Everything, and Transistor Sister was something of a quiet classic in its own quirky, discordant way.