Jackpot's third album is an engaging grouping of 12 laid-back yet intelligent rock tracks.
Jackpot's third album is an engaging grouping of 12 laid-back yet intelligent rock tracks. Lead singer/guitarist Rusty Miller, known for his guitar melody on Cake's "Never There," uses his slightly raspy, offbeat voice not to share any profound answers about life and its problems but to show that somewhat detaching from reality just might be the key to happiness. In the opening track "Far Far Far," with its psychedelic/pop tinges, Miller wholly expresses this theme: "I feel like I've been in a bubble/A bubble of some kind/Rolling around inside of it/Peering through the soapy shine." "Sometimes" explores how a romantic relationship is an always-changing balance of emotions and uses a captivating acoustic guitar riff set against synthesizer sounds. The Sacramento, Calif.-based band also crafts such all-out rockers as "Fleas on the Tail of Time," which discusses human beings' almost insignificant place in the universe.—JK