Dishwalla – “Juniper Road” (Pavement)

 You remember Dishwalla, right? If you listened to the radio, hell, if you listened to music in the Nineties, their massive hit “Counting Blue Cars” was an inescapable slice of pop rock bliss, one that still holds water to this day. Well, while it’s not 1996 anymore, Dishwalla are back with Juniper Road, their first full length in 12 years and first with new lead singer Justin Fox, and clearly these guys have not forgotten their craft. “Give Me a Sign” is alt-rock ballad perfection as is “Miles Away,” a yearning love letter to someone who’s, well, miles away. Fox displays his radio friendly vocal range on “Here For You” (and just why he was chosen to succeed original vocalist JR Richards), “Now I Know” and “Not Alone” are time capsules of mid-90’s pop rock precision and Dishwalla sends Juniper Road out on a high note with potent closer “Waiting On You, Love.” 12 years on the shelf and a new lead singer would spell doom for most bands, but Juniper Road might just be the start of a second act for Dishwalla and it might be time for all of us to fall in love again.

Go Download: “Give Me A Sign”