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Jonny Polonsky | There's Something Wrong With You (Eggbert)
Hardly prolific whichever way you tend to look at things, it's been close to 5 years since the release of Jonny Polonsky's ten song, twenty four minute debut, 'Hi, My Name Is Jonny'. Barely had appetites been whetted by this obvious talent when - soon after the release of the 'Love Lovely Love' EP - his label, American Recordings, closed down. With just a handful of compilation appearances in the interim, it might not have been unreasonable to expect a little more than the mere six tracks and sixteen minutes which comprise 'There's Something Wrong With You', his debut for his new label. However, having read that he recorded a follow up which he subsequently shelved due to lack of label interest at the time, perhaps we ought to be more grateful, for it's the quality that important and that's still in evidence here. Seemingly revitalised after his long absence, Polonsky's new material has an abundance of energy and hooks and although brief, such is the strength of the songs that that you'll happily find yourself playing the whole thing two or three times in succession. The closing pair of tracks, the stomping Glam rock of Roll On and the should-be curtain closer You Are My Star prove there's absolutely nothing at all wrong with Jonny Polonsky.

Geraint Jones
November 2001