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Jack RundellJack Rundell
Album: Cold Coffee
Label: Self Released
Tracks: 3
Website: http://www.jackrundell.co.uk

For reasons that I will explain later, I am starting this review with the second track on this debut EP from a new artist. This country style EP has a picture on the front of it of Jack Rundell dressed almost cowboy-like in a red shirt and black Stetson hat. The second track of this disc is called "Blame flows down." Picture that cowboy on a horse walking slowly out of town bemoaning his life. This song is that sort of tempo. The song clip clops along, but contains the universal truth that someone further down the line is always going to take the blame. But what happens if you're that person?

I must have been insane cos I was happy for a while
I thought I was free from blame at the bottom of the pile
given room to try my luck, very soon I came unstuck
someone handed me the buck
there was nowhere to put it down

The more I listened to this track the more I liked it. The easy gait and the message contrast vividly in an attractive way.

Never asking you. Track 3.

This is slightly more cheerful song of domestic incompetence and bloody mindedness. The hook of the song is

I need your help but I'm never asking you

I found myself chuckling at the lyrics.

It is a song to which most men can relate, "when all fails, read the instructions." It is a light chipper cantata of defiance and refusal to admit defeat. The melody is performed in lolloping country style which falls easily on the ear.

Cold Coffee, title track

This song is much more of an admonishment over an indulgent and selfish life that has been led hitherto.

The life you were leading
just led you here, to your
Cold Coffee, and warm beer,
you're bright future is in doubt
it doesn't suit you, losing out.

It goes on to talk about worrying your mother and upsetting your wife and concerns that your shrunken head may appear on a pole any time soon. Unless of course you mend your ways. But this is never revealed, so we don't know whether our hero pulls himself up and resolves to a new life, it is powerful stuff. I left this track to the end because I found it more difficult to like than the other two. I wonder about the track listing, because others hearing the first track, may dismiss this EP as not being to their taste without listening to the other two. If they do that, they are missing a couple really good songs. Jack Rundell has a talent for narrative tales in the country vernacular and can tell it well. His musicianship is not in doubt and blends completely with the lyrics. The more I listened to this EP the more I liked it, but I am still not convinced that the title track should be Cold Coffee. One of the other two would have been better.

Tony Collins