AOTY 2018

Jassbusters

Connan Mockasin - Jassbusters
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2018 Ratings: #671 / 706
User Score
Based on 29 ratings
2018 Ratings: #565
October 12, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Mexican Summer, Kemado / Label
Soft Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
Northern Transmissions
Whether you’re singing along to the harmonies or overt falsetto hooks, Mockasin presents a strange inversion of his usual comedic pop through something that sounds so infectious but lightly off that you can never tell if he’s serious, but you’ll be too hypnotized to really care.
80
Exclaim!

Jasssbusters' steady output of blue-tinted melodies make it an exceedingly easy listening experience.

67
Pitchfork

The eccentric New Zealand singer-songwriter turns his skewed pop sensibilities toward soundtracking a five-part melodrama of his own making; it’s intermittently gorgeous but frustratingly foggy.

65
Under The Radar

His previous two releases, Caramel (2013) and Forever Dolphin Love (2010), were met with wide acclaim; Jassbusters, however, takes a step into some even more alternative territory.

60
DIY
‘Jassbusters’ is the album of a musician who has been around the block a bit, knows what he wants and more importantly how to get it.
60
Crack Magazine

Despite Jassbusters‘ initial charm, Mockasin’s approach to songwriting seems to have been too lackadaisical, leaving this album lacking in hooks that stay in your memory.

55
The 405

He shows hints of inspiration by entwining his richly beige rock with Pacific instrumentation, to great effect, but never seems to guide the songs to anywhere particularly memorable.

50
Loud and Quiet
It’s ... aloof, and unconventional seemingly for the sole purpose of being unconventional.
50
AllMusic

Recorded live in the studio, Jassbusters has enough chops to pull off the kind of slick 70's MOR soft rock that seems to be Mockasin's bailiwick, but as a whole, there's just not a lot to these songs to keep things consistently interesting, and the album comes off as more of an indulgent lark in Mockasin's growing canon.

20
Dork
Taken as a whole, it manages to squander much that was great about 'Caramel', and drowns it all in a mess of pretentious waffle. Back to school please, Connan.
jordymusic
35
Don't forget to season your music
davecoop18
67
For someone new to Connan Mockasin this album is probably quite strange. For his standards though, this is pretty tame. Unfortunately that's not a good thing. Overall, I found this album a little boring and really wanting more.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#33/Uncut
#39/Rough Trade
#64/NME
#89/Drift
#98/Piccadilly Records
/Esquire (UK)

Track List

  1. Charlotte's Thong
  2. Momo's (feat. James Blake)
  3. Last Night
  4. You Can Do Anything
  5. Con Conn Was Impatient
  6. B'nD
  7. Sexy Man
  8. Les Be Honest
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Added on: August 15, 2018