[reviews]

FOUR WALLS LIVE ALBUM REVIEWS:

SOME OF IT ISN’T TRUE
Stylusboy is a singer songwriter in the Nick Drake tradition, perhaps not as revealingly personal in his lyrics as Drake, but sharing the same knack of incorporating a great melody.   Stylusboy is a bit of a musical magpie, taking various influences as you would expect from any artist working within similar musical territory.  The appeal of singer songwriters is all about the honesty, hooks, musical stories and audience rapport, all of which Stylusboy has mastered with ease.”
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GLASGOW PODCART
If you like the singer/songwriter vibe then this is worth getting hold of. It shows a man who can take a guitar and his voice and put together some really great and diverse songs that will have you wanting to sing along and tap your feet to. The production, including all the little coughs, beeps and squeaks doesn’t detract from the music at all for me and serves to put you in the front room with the audience (or kitchen perhaps). I’d invite him round with his guitar any day of the week.
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WHOLE PICTURE EP REVIEWS:

GLASGOW PODCART
” ‘Beyond the Flags’ keeps the good feeling going. Opening like an alternate lo-fi take on Elvis Costello’s ‘Oliver’s Army’, the vocal is again excellent and it’s hard not to warm to Jones’ voice immediately. Again, the sound takes on a new dimension with Grisedale’s contribution, at times reminiscent of The Jayhawks, which is certainly not a bad thing. ”
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THE EVENINGS EMPIRE
“Whole Picture’s closing track ‘Dave’s Song’ is a track of true beauty and the most clear signal of Steve Jones’ considerable talents. Here the music is stripped back giving the listener a chance to fully absorb his vocal strengths, which intertwine superbly with female vocalist Rachel Grisdale. This song encapsulates the feelings of grief and despair at the loss of a close friend, a subject which is covered with a touching maturity by Jones.”
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ALT SOUNDS
“The voice of Stylusboy is what sets him apart from other artists. His fragile vocal tone reaches emotional depths that perhaps exceed his range. This is exemplified on ‘Something Worth Keeping’, a truly beautiful show of ability over a simple song.”
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DRUNKEN WEREWOLF
“Stylusboy (a.k.a. Coventry’s Steve Jones) falls very firmly into the second category. Calling to mind the wanton twee of My First Tooth and Our Lost Infantry, but paired with the roadworthy resilience of Ryan Adams, his third EP Whole Picture is a coming together of infectious harmony and simple, charming melody.”
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THE OWL MAG
“His lo-fi alternative folk sound and heartfelt lyrics make his recordings and performances deeply personal affairs. This year his Whole Picture EP has brought him increased exposure in the UK and it’s available worldwide via his Bandcamp page.”
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ROCK ‘N’ REEL MAGAZINE

SOURMASH MUSIC
” ‘Whole Picture’ is six songs of pure joy and pleasure that you could seriously not listen to anything else ever again and you would be happy. It has me beaming from ear to ear everytime I hear it, with moments of delight that cannot be ignored. I am in awe of what Stylusboy has produced with ‘Whole Picture’ and for that he has my undivided attention.”
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ARTROCKER
“Stylusboy’s ‘Whole Picture’ EP is blown up with folk galore, vocal harmonies, xylophone twinkles, rhythmic acoustic guitar riffs and even some cello licks.”
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THIS IS A POPSCENE
“Stylusboy’s attention to detail is reflected throughout the EP. Whole Picture is a collection of songs that have been honed to perfection. It’s strength is in its subtlety, while becoming instantly recognisable and in time unforgettable.”
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THE MUSIC ABYSS
“Listening from beginning to end one feels a warm fuzzy feeling inside. It’s like a warm and emotional alt-folk wave washing over your body, seeping into your skin and making the hairs in your ears stand to attention.”
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GESCHICHTEN VON DER HEILEWELT Music Blog:
“His music is Folk and a bit of Pop in a wonderful summery melodious mixture. His music is acoustic. Especially the first song “Whole Picture” shows it. I think the glockenspiel makes it sound very light. Sometimes it seems everything sound lighter with a glockenspiel. The backing vocals are by Rachel Grisedale. They sound very harmonic together – I mean the sound of their voices, as if they are made for each other. They coat you like a warm summer rain.”
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ROB MACCA’S ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
” I had just been expecting guitar and solo vocals but this EP also features the backing vocals of Rachel Grisedale and much more than just a guitar! The two vocals compliment each other and make the album a pleasure to have on while relaxing as the blend of modern day folk music soaks gently into your ears.”
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C90 SOCIAL CLUB
“The new EP is well crafted mix of heartfelt lyrics and stunning melodies that combine joyful exuberance with soulful melancholy. Many songwriters have tried and failed to mix these two opposite feelings but on here it’s blends rather well.”
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GOLD FLAKE PAINT
“On Whole Picture singer-songwriter Stylusboy has penned six pleasing songs that deal with companionship, leaving regrets behind, and taking life one step at a time. They’re solid, universal themes but Stylusboy delivers them with a sincerity that makes these familiar ideas appealing.”
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EP CORNER
“If you want some food for the soul, then this EP is it. A beautiful blend of guitar & vocals, this will lift your spirit and bring a smile to your face. You can perfectly imagine sitting in a sunny field at a festival tapping along.”
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FINGERPRINT EP REVIEWS:

GOD IS IN THE TV:
“Mixing a sense of melancholy akin to Aqualung with a sense of the melodic that recalls the lighter side of Ryan Adams. Aided by the presence of a few friends adding additional percussion, keys and sweet backing vocals by Rachel Grisedale, there’s a warmth and richness abundant in this first track that manages to pluck you out of wherever you may be and drop you, snugly, into Stylusboy’s world.”
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THE BOAR – WARWICK UNIVERSITY NEWSPAPER:
“His debut EP, Fingerprint, is a heartfelt emotional journey, interwoven with pretty harmonies and echoes of melancholy. Like many singer songwriters, Stylusboy relies mostly on the raw honesty of his lyrics like “life is not all about roses and lovehearts” and his melodies, both of which intertwine throughout the record to make something charmingly natural and easy to listen to.”
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DIE SHELL SUIT DIE!:
“Stylusboy can best be described as melodic acoustic fare, but there is more to the music than that, in fact I just can’t put my finger on it. What I will say is that the Fingerprint EP considering it was recorded in singer songwriter Stylusboy’s living room is nothing short of amazing. The songs are chock full of thought provoking lyrics and intricate melodies.”
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 STEREOKILL.NET
“Hard to tell whether it’s deliberate or not, but Steve Jones – alias Stylusboy – always manages to sound vaguely wistful when sings. Strangely enough, this quietly thoughtful persona is one of Stylusboy’s more endearing features. The Coventry singer-songwriter’s deput EP, Fingerprint, sets Jones’ delicately heartfelt vocals to a varied score of intricate acoustic guitar and stargazing glockenspiels and creates something wonderful. Fingerprint is poetic pop with heart; melodic and unpretentious.”
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 SHEEP DRESSED UP LIKE WOLVES:
“I picked up some Tom McRae (King of Cards) and for me the real standout track ‘Stopclock’ has hints of Jose Gonzalez’ soft and layered vocals as it takes you on a trip to a place where you feel you could just be intruding on a moment of solitary fragility. If you want meaningful and poignant song writing without being preached at then look to Stylusboy. It is a renewed innocence filled with hope and light during a dark and hopeless day.
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 THE MUSIC CRITIC:
“The 6 self penned and recorded tracks on this ep shows Jones to be a songwriter in the mold of Boo Hewerdine or Roddy Frame. Open and Jigsaw are both stand out tracks, lovely breezy slices of folk pop with great vocal harmonies provided by Rachel Grisedale.”
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LIVE REVIEW:

OLD AGE HIPSTER
“Stylusboy’s songs are primarily based on those moments in life we all have experienced at some point – glimpses of everyday events or those once in a lifetime moments but he manages to fit them into gentle melodies and surreal lyrics. “Dave’s Song” is about the moment he realised a close friend didn’t have long to live and “Jigsaw” was just about him noticing a rogue puzzle piece on the pavement one afternoon while walking about town. Stylusboy is inspirational and brings a smile to your face.”
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