Joon Wolfsberg’s 1220 Wells Street Is Now Where My Ears Live
Article & photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey
ERFURT, GERMANY – My latest musical obsession found its way into my heart like an arrow piercing my soul. It is a rekindled romance that has leapt back into life pole-vaulting off a new release from half a world away. This musical genius comes from the magnificent mind of Joon Wolfsberg, a vocalists and guitarist hailing all the way from Erfurt, Germany. Her latest effort in taking over the world is a collection of melodies all living in one beautiful location that goes by the name of 1220 Wells Street. This latest album by Joon not only reeled me in anew, but it sent me sailing back to the masterpiece that originally earned my affection, The Deluxe Underdog.
I became introduced to the album The Deluxe Underdog not from an exotic trip abroad, but simply from a short drive to my own Hoosier neighbor, Lafayette, Indiana. It was inspiration from their local town legend, Shannon Hoon, which led me to the town and discovery of Joon’s music. It was also this same influence from Hoon that became one of Joon’s biggest influences helping her to create one of her most popular tracks, “Blind Melon”, on her first album, Made In USA. Her love for the Hoon legacy is something Joon holds dear, and as such she paid tribute by naming this newest album, 1220 Wells Street, in honor of Shannon’s mother, Nel Hoon.
The Deluxe Underdog is where I first discovered Wolfsberg’s immaculate skills, but her latest collection of marvelous melodies on 1220 Wells Street truly showcases how much her raw talents have blossomed. The very first track, “Don’t You”, sets the tone for the album with a hard rock vibe reminiscent of musical titans like Joan Jett and Pat Benatar. Joon’s deeply passionate voice pulls you into her emotions right from the start until you forget that you ever had any of your own. Her mesmerizing vocals coax you along until you’ve given up complete control. Suddenly you are just along for the ride, HER ride, which undoubtedly will be the ride of your life.
1220 Wells Street is definitely good old gritty rock right off the bat, but Joon’s style also leans towards those beautiful blues. This rock & roll and blues duality gives track two, “I Feel Blue”, a magic that leaves me wondering if Joon is possibly the lovechild of a secret affair between Patti Smith and Stevie Ray Vaughn. I’m still musing about this when the song “Hey Man” begins pouring out of my speaker and almost confirms my suspicions with its fervent vocals and feverish riffs.
Track 4 starts in with a mellower tone bringing me back down to chill with a slow simmered frenzy. “These Weeks” picks up the pace and sends me racing into “Spend My Life” with a vibrant energy seemingly siphoned out of the speakers into my ears. Song seven sets fire to the air as the audio flies across the room and heats up my world.
“Movies” comes on next and immerses me in a feeling of downhome nostalgia that I don’t wanna leave behind. Of course, then track nine comes on, and I’m just as in love all over again. “Too Long!” makes it obvious that I’ve waited way too long to check out this album. Number ten, “What You Mean To Me”, makes me want to shout to the world how much this album means to me. I already know I’m going to put it on repeat and there are still two more songs to go.
Song eleven, “You Got Me Over”, is that kind of dirty grunge I love to revel in, and it’s over way too soon. The final track, “Get In The Groove”, does more than get me in the groove. It gets me addicted to the groove, and I’m not sure if I’ll be listening to anything else anytime soon. Each song on 1220 Wells Street packs a punch that not too many female vocalists have managed to muster since the emergence of legends like Joan Jett and Patti Smith. Not only can this girl croon, she is master of her instruments as well. Joon can rock out with the best of the guitar gods making her one of the world’s leading guitar gods and goddesses at the same time.
Joon’s limitless talent has been evident from the start of her career, but 1220 Wells Street undoubtedly catapults her to a level of musical prodigy that puts her into the lead for diva of the universe. Joon Wolfsberg is a breath of fresh air in a music industry suffocating in electronics and pop rock, and 1220 Wells Street is a must have for true music lovers everywhere to wash away those bubble gum pop blues.
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