The latest ten-track LP released by Jovi Skyler titled Nothing To Do brings back the spirit of the ’90s spirit with the added bonus of a warped psychotropic feel. The album grabs your attention with its thunderous guitar riffs, pounding drums, and fierce vocals that make one feel empowered.
From the moment the opening track blasts through the speakers, it becomes clear that this album is a force to be reckoned with. Jovi takes his fans on a journey through introspective ballads, adrenaline-fueled anthems, and everything in between. Opening track, “If You Think So” sounds like The Beatles mixed with Nirvana and a touch of Sonic Youth (and also a hint of Kurt Vile) – spindly riffs lay overtop super-intense drum rolls while Jovi huffs and whispers in a way that would make 1993 proud. His lyrics to “Think” explore themes of love in relationships, even though they might not be what’s best for you in the long run.
On the second track, “Nervosa,” Jovi uses his vocals to the full extent as his pitch is reaching a high mountain top. Even as soon as track two, you’ll notice one of my favorite elements of the whole album – the guitar riffs and drums at the start of every track. The ’90s are clearly on display here, as buzzsaw guitar tones and big, bombastic drums set the mood throughout Nothing To Do. Along with the lyrics that shine through your heart and make you feel all tingly inside, the anthemic delivery on the hooks comes through extremely well and stick with you even when you are done listening to the album.
When reaching the midpoint of the album, Jovi starts the track “Tattoos” with the line, “Take a ride, Take a ride, All alone, All alone.” The use of simple-but-heartfelt lyrics with the psychedelic blend of instruments encapsulates exactly which feelings he wants to express to his fans. Jovi’s attention to detail is evident in the production, with each instrument and vocal line shining through the mix with clarity and impact. It’s almost like a roller coaster of twists and turns that take you on an adventure of Jovi’s life. Jovi may feel like he has “nothing to do,” when in reality, he paints a different picture – there is always something to do to better yourself. He’s very much spreading positive vibes in our atmosphere.
Nothing To Do showcases Jovi’s musical prowess and his ability to connect with his audience on a profound level. As the song “Virtual Reality” starts flowing through your speakers, it layers an atmospheric instrumentation build, creating a rich tapestry of sound that envelops the listener in a world of introspection and reflection. As the song reaches its crescendo, a wave of triumph emerges, symbolizing a powerful resurgence from the darkness. The intricate guitar riffs that punctuate the album showcase Jovi’s technical prowess, while also adding an additional layer of emotional depth.
The album’s production is unique, while still allowing every instrument and Jovi’s voice to shine with clarity and power. He has delivered an album that redefines the boundaries of rock music, proving that they are a force to be reckoned with in the industry. It was released on May 19th on Spotify, Bandcamp, and Apple Music.