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Jonathan Segel / Press

“Segel’s one of those quadruple-plus threats for whom ambitious bands tend to compete. Comparing All Attractions with David Lowery’s last, typically high-spirited solo effort makes it clear that CVB got some of its more outlandish genes from Segel. There’s nothing even close to “Skinheads Bowling” on All Attractions or Apricot Jam, which feature more intricately musical, wide-ranging, and less Pop-orientated fodder. The lead AA track, “(Ever and) Always” may have a CVB-sorta title. But it’s a classic, acid-rocking jam for five of its eight-plus minutes; after which something more like a song springs from its roots. “Hey You”, the folksy ballad that follows, is seeded with the sweet notes of mandolins, acoustic guitar, and vocals with that droopsy CVB lilt. The third tune could nestle nicely next to one from Poco or Wilco. That’s more or less how All Attractions goes, although Segel’s fondness for foot-stomping, distorted guitar jams is the spice making this party”

“Segel deserves a huge round of applause for risking -- and attaining -- what many rock'n'rollers shy away from: an emotionally honest, deeply adventurous, and profoudnly satisfying album. And since the digital download is only $5, that's definitely money well-spent.”

"In Camper and his work in other groups, Segel is primarily a violinist, but he focuses on the guitar on All Attractions - there are a lot more rock guitarists than rock violinists out there, so it's only natural that he's more sought-out elsewhere for his violin, and thus his solo record would be where he gets to most play his axe. Segel does extend his guitar work into jam-lengths - openers "(Ever and) Always" & "Hey You (I Know You Know Me)" average at eight minutes, while closer "I Know You Know Me (Hey You)" nearly reaches thirteen, with an average of about six minutes per track on the record. Thankfully, Segel knows more than enough about melody to eschew both jam-guitar wankery and rock guitar shred solos, instead using his instrument to carry the listener."

“While Jonathan Segel’s best known as the fiddler/multi-instrumentalist from Camper Van Beethoven, his solo CD mostly features him playing a crunchy electric guitar that easily may be mistaken for the wild sounds of that other California studio gee-tar wizard, Frank Zappa. On songs like the pounding rock of “Greedy” or the 12-plus minutes of space music of “Interstitial Undertow”, Segel lets his axe venture into places most other guitarists avoid, lest they become overcome by the feedback and noise. Segel’s sense of humor also recalls Zappa. The title “Greedy” sounds like a Mother’s critique of modern America and the punning of “Instititial Undertow” (re: “the prog rock classic “Intersteller Overdrive”) fits Zappa’s tradition of poking holes in pretentious rawk. Segel is ably joined by former Van Beethoven mate Victor Krummenacher on bass, and at times the two become one in a pounding pulse of energy that leaves the listener in the dust.”