At this point in history, we’ve already been mixing up genres for a while now. So why not mix it up even more and combine different entertainment mediums? Right, that’s also been done before, but it’s nonetheless an interesting idea. The possibilities are limitless, or so they seem. Jon Savitt challenges the borders between music and comedy in his new album Jon Savitt Sings Bad Love Songs, but unfortunately, things aren’t as they should be. From Minneapolis, Minnesota, Savitt is a songwriter and comedian who makes attempts at being funny while playing the guitar. The album is an all-around great effort, but falls short of being good, here’s why.
First thing I’d want to address, is the vocals. Next to the crispy clean sounding instruments that are played simply yet beautifully, the vocals sound like they were recorded with a microwave. It somewhat detaches from the whole experience, especially when the lyrics are half of what this album is. Savitt’s voice itself isn’t really the problem, though I get the feeling he hasn’t truly found his right tone yet. It feels forced, strained and sometimes off tune. Yet, you can hear the talent in there on “Swipe Right,” where he keeps it simple.
The comedy aspect didn’t really stick with me. Half the time, I was more focused on the music and then forgot that this was supposed to be humorous. There aren’t many actual jokes, as most of the lyrics are more of a comedic narrative. It’s like if Savitt is telling “funny stories,” yet as I mentioned before, the problem with the vocals detaches from the experience. But speaking of the music, although there isn’t anything really spectacular, I enjoyed the jazzy and melodic feel a lot of his songs had. “Dead to Me” had a very good piano part and I actually replayed that one to hear it again. All in all, the album is somewhat saved by the musicianship which explores a few different avenues and makes it worth a listen. You might also smile, but I’m not guaranteeing you’ll laugh out loud.
Written by Johnathan Robinson
*edited by Mike Milito