Released: 2004, Frontiers/Atenzia
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
This is Jeans first real full solo album, his first album in his own name was called “DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK” which was also chosen as the title track to the movie “COBRA”. The song “FEEL THE HEAT” became a massive smash hit world wide. He’s been part of Little Steven’s band and he also had a hardrock band called Crown of Thorns. Besides all that Jean’s been acting producer and written lyrics for acts like The Ramones, Kiss, Lionel Richie, N-Sync. As you may have figured out by now this very active man has been in the music scene since his early teens.
Jean has done most of the works by himself on “CHAMELEON”, he has written, arranged, produced and mixed the album. Besides the backing vocals (done by Myla) he’s done almost everything.
Well I start of by saying something about the production and that sounds not so good. The production sounds shallow and weak; Jean should have left the production seat to someone else. He has put 12 tracks and he’s written “I WANNA KNOW” with Lionel Richie. The song “SOMETHING TO BELIEVE IN” is Jean’s personal tribute to the best punk band ever The Ramones (a song he also has written to them).
The only lasting impression I got from this album was – shattered. The music style is everything from melodic rock, some harder melodic rock, dancefloor music, which could fit on any disco cd, to calypso, oriented music. He does a lame and horrible Billy Idol version of “SOMETHING TO BELIEVE IN” that sounds totally ridiculous. Even though I’ve given this album a lot of playtime I only get confused, what does this man want. To add another thing to this disaster I can say that it sounds like he’s used drum machines and that is NEVER a positive thing. The only good thing about this bad attempt of a record is that he still has a really good voice.
By now I think you have already guessed that I don’t have any favorite track at all, the only people I can recommend this album to is the ones who’s already in to Jean Beauvoir.