It's been a hard working year for the River Jesters. With Tom storming the country on X-factor and Michael making his mark with his project Operation Underground, it's amazing how the duo managed to make and release the eclectic blend of boy-time blues that is Really Bad Apples.
Tom's vocals are truly reminiscent of Morrison; his songs sung with husky tones and a boyish, sometimes manic charm. Michael's accompaniment ties the songs together with simple blues riffs and beautiful, modest backing vocals.
It's great to hear a guitarist play with true feel; without shredding or depending too much on fancy effects. Despite a few Tenacious-D like songs; one which made my mother cringe with disgust (see, Red Neck Christmas; track 9), what makes this album a great listen is its simplicity.
It's good honest, garage band blues in an age where everything is put into and spat out of a machine: synthesised and auto tuned. Although its rawness leaves us wanting a few tweaks in the mixing (louder B.Vs!!!), I look forward to watching the River Jesters' grow and await their next album.