Naked in the Headlights
After a life changing 'kick in the pants' in the form of being made redundant from his day job, Jj Clarke decided to take his music seriously (well, as seriously as Jj gets.. his middle name is 'laid back'...!) so he locked himself away in the studio, eventually emerging with his first solo album 'Man Overboard'. In creating this album Jj was determined to capture the sound and feel of the late sixties era folk rock songs that he loves. Despite little or no promotion, this album quickly gathered interest and stands as an intimate and heartfelt debut album. Hot on the heels of 'Man Overboard' is Jj's second album 'Naked in the headlights'. Whilst keeping the 'out of time' sound and feel, this album has the coherence of a musician who has found his sound and is exploring it's effectiveness on disarming our emotions. Kicking off with 'Daydreaming', a Lennon-esque song with the opening lyric "I don't know how, to get my head out of the clouds, I don't know how to get down", clearly announcing the album's intention to connect with the listener's emotionally rebellious side. As the album progresses, the listener is treated to kitchen sink drama with; 'Ernest ...the importance of being, coffee house style acoustic folk ballads; 'Anything you want' and 'How will you know?'. An acoustic rock song in the style of early T-Rex, entitled 'Elevator Alligator', that can't fail to be a winner on the festival stage, to the more poignant and darker moments of 'Remembrance day' and 'Dark medicine'. Jj is a multi-instrumentalist and understands how to weave melodies and lyrics into an overall feeling that captures emotion with the kind of honesty that leaves you in no doubt that he believes every word and means every note. Jj is clearly and refreshingly 'all about the music'. Naked in the headlights is an album that captures Jj's organic, heartfelt style of song writing and warm sound. It may well turn out to be a defining album for Jj as an artist.