Review: Jack Foley
THE ability to swear lots, and use controversial lyrics, may
seem like a good way to garner notoriety (particularly for an
artist so young), but it's a shallow exercise in self-promotion
which, at the end of the day, fails to mask a lack of talent.
Eamon is billed as the latest New York hip-hop/r'n'b sensation,
mainly due to the fact that his breakthrough single, Fuck It
(I Don't Want You Back) spent nine weeks at the US number
His publicity even credits him with masterminding what the artist,
himself, believes will be a much copied new genre: 'ho-wop'. Let's
hope not, for this is extremely tedious indeed.
Some of the beats on the album are half-decent, but there is
a precociousness about the singer which feels unwarranted, particularly
given the lacklustre vocals (some of the time).
Eamon may pride himself on his ability to out-cuss Eminem, but
it makes for a pretty shallow record, while many of the grooves
are blatantly ripped off from classic soul and r'n'b records of
the past (such as I Want Them Ho's (Ho-Whoop) or I Want
You So Bad.
So while some of the beats and melodies work, lyrics such as
'I'll get you wet, just wait and see', during the so-called
ballad, I Want You So Bad, just feel crass.
And while someone like Janet
Jackson might get away with such explicit material on her
latest album, she seems more experienced and better placed to
deliver her vocal seductions than some 19-year-old Staten Island
upstart with attitude for the sake of it.
Tracks such as Get Off My Dick and I Rather Fuck With
You don't help, either.
There are traces of the lyrical style of some of his idols (most
notably, the Wu Tang Clan and Beastie Boys) but they only serve
to highlight what he is - a young pretender to an out of reach
The Kiss FM crowd and teenage fan club seduced by the 'provocative'
sentiments of Fuck It may dig it, but anyone else might
just feel Eamon should f**k off and grow up a bit.
2. I Want Them Ho's (Ho-Whoop)
3. Somethin' Strange
4. On & On
5. Fuck It
6. Get off My Dick
7. Girl Act Right
8. My Baby's Lost
9. I Want You So Bad
10. 4 The Rest of Your Life
11. All Over You
13. Lo Rida
14. I Rather Fuck With You