It’s finally Spring here in New Jersey which means it’s time to do some spring-cleaning on your music playlist. I’ve got the perfect new music for you—Rob Jennings’ new EP, The Boulevard Gone. Rob’s unique tenor voice makes every one of his songs sound lush with feeling. His vocals mixed with talented guitar and sampling tracks make his music special.
This five-song pop music EP is perfect for that first road trip of the season with the windows cracked open and the car stereo cranked up. ‘Town Hall’ is so catchy that I dare you to not to end up singing along. This is the first song I ever heard from singer-songwriter and Pompton Plains native Rob Jennings. It caught my attention immediately. On the surface, it’s a great pop tune but listen to the lyrics and you’ll hear more complex layers. There’s a really gorgeous guitar break near the end of the song, too.
‘Never Be Saved’ and ‘Nights Without Purpose’ are up-tempo songs that both have really nice guitar work. ‘Never Be Saved’ mixes in some minor chords to really great effect. ‘How Can I’ is a little slower tempo track full of questions about love.
The final track on the EP, ‘The Boulevard Gone,’ is beautiful, emotion-filled and soulful. This song alone is reason to buy the EP. It’s one of two songs on the record that include piano. What is it about piano that makes such a sad song even better? The repeated lines “I found a life without you, because I had to” just ache with intensity.
Buy the EP on Bandcamp today or meet up with us at Arlene’s Grocery on Thursday, April 21st, at his EP release show and buy it in person. Check out his previous releases, too, they’re all good! We’ve seen him live twice and it’s always been an intimate and nuanced performance. He’s a Morrissey fan like us so you might just hear a Smiths/Morrissey cover along with his great original songs.
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