Gentleman Jesse & His Men: You've Got the Wrong Man" b/w "Stubborn Ghost" "

Hozac Records

Over time it's become clear that Gentleman Jesse's love affair with cut-and-dry power-pop turned out to be a fling mistaken for a career choice. The two songs on this Hozac single underscore a songwriting style that tightens his focus on British Invasion rock 'n' roll. But that doesn't mean there isn't a defining pop quality propelling these songs. "You've Got the Wrong Man" barrels forward with chiming surf-rock flourishes over a pleading, midtempo Ramones-style ditty. "Stubborn Ghost" resurrects the kind of straight-ahead song craft that defines Jesse's sound. Although neither of these songs are the instant catchy classics he's delivered in the past with songs such as "I Don't Wanna Know," "Black Hole" or "All I Need Tonight (Is You)," their strengths become apparent after repeat listens. (3 out of 5 stars)