Reviews Of ‘Autumn’

Released in 1998

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-by Jim Santo
courtesy of Jim Santo’s Demo Universe

Showing some measure of bravery (or self-indulgence, take your pick), Gloff is reissuing on CD some old home recordings originally put out on cassette. Autumn was released in January 1998, eight months before the Jeremy Gloff cassette reviewed elsewhere in this Universe. While it lacks the studio polish of the album that followed it, Autumn makes up in immediacy and impact. “This is my album about mental illness,” writes Gloff on his very informative web site, and he ain’t kidding. He ain’t kidding. Writing with a directness born of innocence, he weaves a tapestry of turmoil: longing, regret, anger, claustrophobia, desparation and fear compressed into a big ball of angst: “I’m striving for the life I lead/To be disasterless/Away from people who treat themselves like shit/And fake their happiness” (from “Disasterless”) It would be a few more years before Jeremy dragged himself into a better life; Autumn is a moving testament to the way it was. Jeremy, I forgive you for the green bath mat.

-from The Jones–the official news source of the Mime Radio record label

This is the ninth, count ’em ninth independent cassette from Jeremy Gloff. The great thing about any Jeremy Gloff record is that he’s not playing music for any other reason than it’s part of his soul. Gloff isn’t about hype or looking good, he’s about telling his story in the only way he knows how. Through his albums you re-live the exploits and hardships of a young homosexual just trying to be who he is. It may sound like an after-school special but it’s not. Gloff doesn’t make it pretty he just makes it Gloff and his new release Autumn is no different. The tape is a lot harder than some of his earlier work, but with the harsh edge comes better song writing and better song arrangement so it’s worth a listen. For the full Jeremy Gloff catalogue write to his email address: riotboy68@yahoo.com

-fan review submitted by SAratheriNE

This is as tame as Jeremy gets. Autumn is an awesome collection of mostly whipsering songs that seem to echo forever. This is definitely the sentimental tear-jerker album, especially on songs like “Make it Thru Tonight” and “Valentine’s Day”. The first track, “The Haunting”, basically defines the whole album when Jeremy sings, “I’m writing this to haunt you …” The musical emphasis of this album is on the guitar, Jeremy’s strongest instrument after his voice. Of course, if you know Jeremy at all you know he can’t possibly stay quiet for an entire album. He goes nuts on the awesome track “I’m Gonna Stay Str8”, a wonderful play on the straightedge movement’s loyal followers. You need this album.