“And now it’s here, Jack’s new, surprisingly original album, that steers clear from the 12-bar-stuff;
Jack’s guitar sounds refreshing and renewing, and every second is captivating to listen to. Also the vocals sound out
of the ordinary. Listen for example to “Behind my Scar” where Jack plays only with his voice, guitar and handclaps.
In this song he produces a subtle Hendrix guitar sound which offers a beautiful song with minimal means. The next song “The
Great Equalizer” is a jazzy funky thang and also a pleasure for the ear. “You and me” starts with a nice
funky guitar riff that slowly changes into a hypnotizing African ‘juju’ rhythm, and while Steve McQuarry’s
Hammond B3 lays a beautiful foundation, Jack brings the song to great heights with his quasi improvising guitar lead. You
would nearly forget that the theme of the song is not so pretty, being the war in Sudan. Jack’s voice is as flexible
as his delightful guitar playing, which is reiterated in the closing song “Tell Me”, again a beautiful mix of
funk, blues and some world rhythms. On many fronts the year 2009 may present itself as a lesser year, but after we listened
to this album, it looks like the musical front will be more than fine."
- Roots Time, March 2009 review of
"Deeper" by Jack Hadley