When Vains of Jenna released The Art of Telling Lies (RLS/Raw Noize) last month, I was cautiously optimistic. I'm a big fan of the band and their debut Lit Up/Let Down. Would The Art of Telling Lies measure up? Yeah. It's amazing. Actually, it's my favorite album of the year so far.
Here's the track list:
Everybody Loves You When You're Dead
I Belong To Yesterday
Get It On
Enemy In Me
Better Off Alone
I Don't Care
The Art of Telling Lies
Basically, I dig all the tracks - but there are a few I like more than others. I love the title track, the cover of "Refugee" and "Enemy in Me." In all instances, the band displays real growth: it's clear Vains of Jenna didn't just waste their time in the U.S. on the last 'go round. Sure, the band toured non-stop and then went home to Sweden, but there was clearly some active songwriting going on. The quality of The Art of Telling Lies is so far above Lit Up/Let Down it's almost breathtaking - in short, the new album is rock solid.
Why would VOJ cover Tom Petty's "Refugee?" I guess to pay homage to a classic rock master. No matter, it's fantastic: dare I say better than the original? There's something both strong and melancholy about Nicki Kin's guitar tone on this track that makes it memorable. I found myself repeating "Refugee" over and over while listening on my iPod.
Vains of Jenna are playing shows all over the U.S. through the end of the year. Go see them and buy the new album. If you're a true Glam fan, this is what you want: infectious hooks, great guitar solos and awesome lyrics courtesy of Lizzy DeVine.