Jon DeRosa – A Wolf in Preacher's Clothes
Jon DeRosa – A Wolf in Preacher's Clothes

Album Review

Album title
A Wolf in Preacher's Clothes
Artist
Jon DeRosa
Label
Rocket Girl Records
Release date
5 Nov

More info

www.jonderosa.com

Jon DeRosa – A Wolf in Preacher's Clothes

4/5 stars
Album review by Chris Buckle.
Published 30 October 2012

When Jon DeRosa croons “don’t say goodnight” in the song of the same name – his rich voice tempting an unnamed companion for one last drink in an emptying bar-room – the soulful seduction puts into images A Wolf...'s overriding atmosphere. Continuing the romantic night-music style established on last year’s Anchored EP, DeRosa’s first album under his own name confirms the New Jerseyite as an estimable find.

Both lyrics and delivery of True Men convey vintage interests (name-checking Robert Mitchum and William Holden and smoothly singing “I’ve played the part, I’ve played the fool” like a lovesick Sinatra), as does a smoky, jazz-flecked version of The Blue Nile’s Easter Parade. Elsewhere, there are echoes of Stephin Merritt (with whom DeRosa worked on Showtunes) and Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy, so while it would be a push to describe this as a unique record, it’s no exaggeration to call it an excellent one.

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