Soft Rock | Baroque Pop
After a string of misfortunes, Tobias Jesso Jr. taught himself to play piano and has worked hard to create this debut album. His lack of experience with the instrument is far from obvious though thanks to the simple, stripped back arrangements. Individually the songs are nothing special, but the album as a whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts. Goon is like a time capsule full of piano ballads from the 70s and in many places reflects the softer side of The Beatles. In fact his voice is very reminiscent of a young Paul McCartney. The gorgeous arrangements are certainly full of emotion, but not nearly as much as they should be. The music fails to connect with the listener and doesn’t have the same impact as the people who inspired it. I think that Tobias is too caught up in the shadow of his influences and needs to step into the light and try to find his own voice. This isn’t him, this is him imitating his heroes, and no matter how good a job he does it isn’t enough. Hopefully with his next album he will things sorted though, he’s certainly a talented chap and has the talent to make something truly great.