The sensitive acoustic indie-rocker thing rarely gets more boring than when its being done by our old friend Damien Jurardo. Over the span of however many albums and singles and assorted whatnots, Jurardo has established himself as one dude I thoroughly don?t care about. Hell, I can?t even tell him and Pedro the Lion apart. I think one of them may wear glasses? Or maybe is black? Anyway, normally I?d pay Jurardo about as much attention as I do the Oscars.
And who knows, maybe I?ve been missing some good stuff, because "Just In Time For Something" is actually not that bad. I don?t know if it?s the super-lo-fi production, or if these particular Jurardo songs are just better than normal, but I?ve found a lot to enjoy on this brief record. Five songs of low-key folk-pop, "Just In Time For Something" reminds me of Lou Barlow?s four-track recordings, and some of Guided by Voices pre-1996 acoustic songs. The production muck lends a feel of antiquity to the proceedings; Jurardo sounds like he could be a coal miner or a brakeman cutting some 78 rpm sides at a hotel in Asheville in his free time. Exceedingly pleasant and modest, "Just In Time For Something" makes the impression that Jurardo?s previous works have failed to leave. 7/10 -- Garrett Martin (25 May, 2005)