First Time

CD Cover F-Jam

Review by Paul Watkin

44-second excerpt from "Give It Up" (various formats)

With five members of the Smalley clan playing on this record, I'm assuming that the 'F' in F-Jam stands for 'family;' the family aspect seems appropriate, with the band's playful yet confident stylings being somewhat reminiscent of the Jackson Five.

First Time is mostly a funk-lite record, especially on songs such as "Give It Up," with a touch of the modern via the rap-funk tune "You Can't Stop Me." Technically, this is a solid CD with precise playing and great vocal range and depth, giving me the sense that a great deal of effort was invested in making a good record with well-crafted songs. But, although this was accomplished, the raw funk attitude was seemingly sacrificed, leaving the listener's endorphins at bay.

That powerful energy can only come through experience, though; thus, I hope that F-Jam's first time won't be their last.

Artist Contact Info: 820 Raynor St., Coquitlam, B.C., Canada, V3J 4J6

First published in Drop-D Magazine on April 25, 1997

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