(record review)CJ RAMONE-“American Beauty”(Fat Wreck Chords)

2017 - American Beauty

When Joey and Johnny Ramone died, some of the remaining one time members who were in the band for shorter or longer period did the Ramones stuff simply to keep the spirit alive and to earn some money and they tried their own musical careers with more or less success. I was a sceptic when I was about to listen CJ Ramone solo albums because I thought that was only some third grade Ramones rehash. I am glad that I was wrong because CJ Ramone plays very good melodic punkrock. Surrounding himself with excellent musicians including Steve Soto, CJ made this new album containing twelve new songs of punkrock played with heart, melody and conviction. CJ Ramone is not singing with intention to be a copy of Joey Ramone and earn some money. On the contrary, he developed his own style and has a really wonderful voice. The songs are short but they kinda hit you in the heart somehow, each one of them. This is a really good album. Top songs:”Youll Never Make Me Believe”, the touching “Tommys Gone”, “Girlfriend In a Graveyard”

8/10

American Beauty

 

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