Copyright: Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone, CJ Ramone and Fat Wreck Chords.
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1) Background details of American Beauty album. Click
2) Tracklisting and details of musicians and producers. Click here.
3) Press release by Fat Wreck Chords. Click
4) Some reviews of American Beauty Click
You can buy CD, LP or digital version of American
Beauty here. American Beauty was sixth most sold CD at
Interpunk.com in second week of April.
Record release show was at the Bowery Electric in New York City, NY,
USA, on March 17, 2017. Album relelease tour started in the USA in April
and later it continue to Europe etc. See all dates here.
CJ explains in Fat Wreck Chords' press release about songwriting
process: "I actually had a whole batch of songs for this record that I
had been writing over the past couple of years, but things changed so
much in such a short period of time, and when I sat down and listened
to the songs, they seemed to be irrelevant to how I was thinking now,"
CJ admits. "I wrote this entire record in just two weeks, sitting in my
basement. That is very unusual for me."
First single Moral To The Story was released on January 25, 2017. You
can listen it
here. It was only audio release (no video).
Also opening track Let's Go got published as a digital single on
YouTube, listen it
Song named Tommy's Gone is a delicate, 98-second acoustic tribute to
Tommy Ramone. Closing track is a cover of Tom Waits' Pony.
1) This review below of American Beauty is in
Ricky Frankel. He gave stars: 4/5.
here to see original site of review.
CJ Ramone is probably in one of the toughest positions among artists in
the current punk scene. For his solo career he has taken on the huge
responsibility of continuing the legacy of the Ramones. That is not an
easy task because with each new release of his he has to do a very
careful balancing act of staying true to the Ramones' original sound,
while adding his personal style and influences to it. For his first
record Reconquista (which is totally underrated) he stuck pretty close
to the down-stroke dominated sound that we all know and love. For Last
Chance To Dance CJ used the Ramones' formula as sort of a base, ventured
out a bit and infused other genres like surf and heavy metal into those
songs. Taking the risk was worth it because Ramones fans truly enjoyed
that record overall. Now CJ Ramone is back with his third full-length
American Beauty where once again he successfully maintains that balance
between staying true to the Ramones' sound while adding some new twists
to it at the same time.
The first track "Let's Go" is very reminiscent of late-70's era Ramones,
which is a great way to start off the album. It has a hard-hitting and
simple guitar chord progression with lyrics that also are a bit of
throwback to that time period. A lot of the same can be said for the
track "Run Around." The repetitive lyrics in the extremely fun and
catchy chorus sound like Joey could have easily sang it. It also seems
like with each release CJ's vocals continue to get better and with "Run
Around" especially you can hear that his vocal range is gotten wider.
Where he does venture off from the Ramones is his inclusion of guitar
solos through out American Beauty (the same can be said for his other
albums as well), which in this case spices the song up just right. The
large amount of hammer-on's and pull-off's makes the song veer off into
a bit of a heavy metal vibe and it fits in quite well.
So those were some of the songs on American Beauty where CJ stuck pretty
close to the Ramones' sound, but the parts that should get you really
excited are where he mixes things up. "Without You," which has a much
more later and choppy Ramones sound is different in that CJ shares the
lead vocals. Interestingly, not only did CJ rewrite Tom Waits's "Pony"
into a full-fledged punk tune, but with the help of Mariachi El Bronx's
horn section he also gave it this Latin and/or Western feel to it. But
"Pony" was not the biggest surprise on this album. The track "Tommy's
Gone" is the most eye-opening by far. This track shows us a darker and
more somber side of CJ's music that we have not heard yet. "Tommy's
Gone" is a bit of sequel to his song "Three Angels," which is found on
Reconquistaand is about Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee. Seeing how Tommy died
the summer of 2014 it is totally fitting that CJ would dedicate a song
to him on this record. While "Three Angels" is an electric guitar-heavy
punk tune, "Tommy's Gone" is completely acoustic. Everything from the
string plucking to the vocal melodies are very melancholy. And lyrics
like "How did it feel to watch them go?/ And take away everything that
you know/Did it hurt to watch from so far away?" are just
heart-wrenchingly brutal. It's a perfect tribute to someone who gave so
much to make the Ramone's the legendary band that they are considered to
Once again CJ Ramone managed to record an album that not only pays great
tribute to the band he helped continue until 1996, while also keeping
the Ramones sound fresh. His song-writing and vocals get better and
better with each release and American Beauty is no exception. Fans of
the Ramones and CJ's past solo work will be extremely happy with this
album. I'm sure Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee and Tommy are looking down and
totally rocking out to it.
This review above of American Beauty is in Punknews.org
by Ricky Frankel.
2) This review below of American Beauty is in
AllMusic.com by Mark Deming.
here to see original site of review.
So the album is called American Beauty, and there are roses on the front
cover...wait a minute, has CJ Ramone made a Grateful Dead tribute
album?!? Thankfully, no - CJ, the latter-day bassist with the favorite
sons of Forest Hills, is still clearly a Ramone at heart, and on this
album, he sure sounds like one. American Beauty boasts ten songs full of
poppy punk-rock hooks and an unrelenting supply of downstroked guitars,
just as one might expect, and here CJ seems perfectly happy to give fans
of his old band just the sort of music they want. That said, CJ happens
to be pretty good at this stuff, and if none of these songs reinvent the
old-school punk wheel, they deliver plenty of sturdy rock action while
allowing the bassist to put some of his own touches on the Ramones
template. The two-guitar attack on these sessions (featuring Steve Soto
and Dan Root of the Adolescents) gives the music a different texture
than Johnny Ramone delivered with his Mosrite, and with drummer Pete
Sosa, CJ generates a different sort of groove that's effective but also
has a life of its own. And CJ has his own point of view, quite separate
from the goofy tales that dominated the Ramones catalog. He can write
about good times on the road in "Let's Go" and "Steady as She Goes," but
"Moral to the Story" shows he knows plenty about the dark side of the
rock & roll life. "Yeah Yeah Yeah," "Run Around," and "You'll Never Make
Me Believe" are unpretentious but deeply personal, short stories of life
as an uphill battle. And there are two genuine surprises -- "Tommy's
Gone," a brief acoustic tribute to original Ramones drummer Tommy
Erdelyi, and "Pony," a spirited Tom Waits cover gussied up with mariachi
horns. CJ Ramone proudly carries the torch for the Ramones on American
Beauty, but thankfully he's not just copying the band's old glories, but
giving their legacy a fresh dose of energy and a different
This review above of American Beauty is in
AllMusic.com by Mark Deming.