Getting Dressed in the Dark

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Country music seems lately to have become a pasture for pop/rock songwriters whose lyrics go deeper than good-time party anthems or sexual innuendos, and Jaron and the Long Road to Love is the latest entry in this category. Formerly one-half of bubblegum-pop sibling duo Evan and Jaron, Jaron brings an album of mostly angst-filled break-up songs, like the straightforward piano-driven “Kill Me for Loving You.” The mournful “Without Her Leaving” is a striking and emotional ballad that puts Jaron’s smooth, polished voice to good use. “Meantime Girl” draws heavily on an Elton John-esque verse and a funk-flavored  chorus, while the rest of the album is solid singer/songwriter fare, such as the standout track “It’s a Good Thing” (written with brother Evan and Sarah Buxton). The prayer-gone-wrong song “Pray for You” has made a mark at country radio, more for its shock factor than for lyrical integrity. The music here is solid, but whether this artist will fit in with country radio remains to be seen.

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