The Jealous Sound

Kill Them With Kindness

Jaded enough to drop the simplistic emo tag on The Jealous Sound, you may need to check your pulse by way of the adrenaline-laced euphoria their loud-chorded anthems emanate. In the ’90s, The Jealous Sound’s Blair Shehan fronted Knapsack, whose swansong This Conversation is Ending Starting Right Now captured the band at their very peak. The Jealous Sound augments the Knapsack signature quiet/loud dynamic with keyboard flourishes and slick production that helps illuminate the strike. While the album has enough hooks to damn the Pacific, “Naïve” is the truly transcendent moment of the album when all of The Jealous Sound’s fevered impatience catches fire with chill-inducing conviction.