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Review by Tanya Breck for Viewzone

STICKMAN JONES is a story of true love that took a little while to find. In 1995, vocalist Annie Quick and Jad Mintun were enrolled in nursing school in Arizona, while David Sacks was a photographer in New York City. Neither of them suspected that they would find true love making music rather than emptying bedpans and tolerating pouty models.

Quick and Mintun began recording at a friend's studio in Phoenix on weekends and released a CD, Ripple, which was picked up by local radio and played heavily. "It became progressively harder to study medicine when we hears our songs on the radio during study breaks," says Quick.

Encouraged by their success, they left Arizona and nursing, and arrived in Manhattan in the summer of 1996. They soon met guitarist and songwriter Sacks, and began writing furiously. "There was an immediate, powerful energy bouncing between the three of us from the first time we wrote together. It still gives me goose-bumps -- very satisfying goose-bumps," says Sacks.

Stickman Jones went in to the studio and recorded their latest CD, Blinding Light, which was released in early 1998. Their sound is rounded by the addition of accordion (Rob Curto), drums (Ethan Hartsorn), backing vocals (Mary Mossberg), and a mandolin. Although their music has something of an Irish (Celtic) quality at times, its main roots are rock and folk. The meter often changes dramatically, which gives the music a distinctive edge. When coupled with Quick's ethereal lyrics and disarming voice, the sound has an unusual power to captivate listeners.

Stickman Jones is one of the many creative talents that are appearing on independent labels and sold ($15 plus $1 shipping) through a select number of stores. Presently, their CD is available mainly in New York City music stores and on the web (see e-mail below), but the group's energy and appeal will likely propel it to nation status at any moment. If you are one of those music freaks that likes to discover musical trends before the rest of humanity, this CD is a sure bet.

"We are very pleased with how things are turning out so far," says Quick. "If our past is any harbinger of our future, it seems safe to say that it is impossible to predict where we will be in the years to come. Hopefully, we will still be making music, because true love is hard to find."

For information on purchasing this CD (we highly recommend it) please contact Jad Mintun at JAMINT@AOL.COM.

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