Jules Shear has a unique story in music. Responsible for the birth of MTV’s Unplugged and the show’s first host. Jules is as well known for the hits that he wrote for other artists than for his versions of his own songs. His songs have been hits for The Bangles, Alison Mojet and Cydni Lauper. Meanwhile his own recordings have made him something of a cult like figure. He has collaborated with Chuck Prophet, Roseanne Cash and Margo Timmins.
He has admitted that he is done looking for that one big hit and is now concentrating on being artist that we can all grow old with. His new record Dreams Don’t Count is a great start. I wrote first about one of the songs in demo form from this record here, as a followup to my review of his fabulous duets record here.
The new record is a somber affair…full of miscommunications, wrong turns and mistakes both big and small. Jules soft lullabye of a voice is surrounded by wide assortment of musical colors including cello, guitar and swashes of synth-like sounds. If you are a fan of Richard Barone, Chris Stamey or any of the great pop artists of the mid-south (DB’s, REM, etc) then you know of Jules Shear and if you don’t than it’s not to late to catch the last train.