Think of the last place you might hear killer pop? Moscow, Idaho, maybe? Canadian-raised Jason Rubero composes smooth, yet funky additions to the tribute to Sgt. Pepper in chocolately-sweet dancing guitars and swelling vocals in these well-produced works."”

— Radiowired.com

Reviews

I just listened to 'Winter Opened My Eyes'. Very well done, for sure, sort of Electronica, or, music for a movie or something. Your arranging of the sounds is very good. I also listened to 'Feel' and 'Asphalt And Glasses'. Being a Beatle fan, I can appreciate those (more). Very well done nice tunes. On Asphalt, though obviously Beatley/Lennony, you sort of sound like Donavan (or even Rufus Wainright (sp?) ). Also kinda Beach Boyish at the end, nice vocal harmonies.”

— MixingBBS.com

For fans of true pop melody.”

— Bill's Toupee (MP3 radio)

Jason Rubero is a talent to keep an eye on. His album Skyhouse and Scarlet is a seminal listening experience, traversing many different sonic styles to create an album that plays as a whole better than most I've heard in a good while. This is the kind of blend that makes the best music, and I have a feeling Rubero is just getting started. Opening with the catchy harmonics of "Look At Me", the album comes out blazing. With a slight tinge of Pink Floyd in the background, though it certainly isn't the mainline of the song, you can't help but enjoy this one, and it gives you a good glimpse of what this album is going to become. You are quickly led into the gentle soothing sounds of Beatlesque title track "Skyhouse and Scarlet", one of my favorites on the album. This song has everything from a catchy hook to timewarp vocals. It's almost like we're hearing a blend of the best of Rubero's many influences combined with his very formidible skill as a songsmith. If you like "Strawberry Fields" you'll love this one. And while I'm on the subject of Rubero's tenacity as a songwriter, I feel I should mention his excellent lyrics. On "Meet The Artist", he sings Still, I would like more than the glimpse / I caught since I first saw the mercywheel / I want to meet the Man, the perfect Artist / Who can summon all I see, hear, feel. And this theme continues thoughout the album, this man's need to be able to take what he feels and detail it. He writes in "Asphalt and Glasses", that My hopeless words are cold and pale / Like lifeless heroes so perfectly flawed and human. But as the album winds down, he writes of faith and reality and how we seem to find these to be mutually exclusive things. He writes It isn't faith that makes me nervous / But religion engineered by man / Folding God like oragami / Until He fits so neatly in our hand / And we don't want to think / We don't want to feel / Believe all we touch is all that's real ("Feel") When the album is done, these songs form something complete. We can appreciate the wonderous way the music blends and bends to move us through a sonic dream world. And the lyrics give the album a real sense of meaning. Skyhouse and Scarlet is the kind of album you don't come across often, a series of songs that will remind you upon every listen what truly is real. It's worth every minute.”

Ball State University News

She’s a Flier by Jason Rubero: This track is from a 2003 CD titled “Plug Into The Real”. The track is described as film music, which I always find an odd category but that’s just me. This is a gentle, moody track that grows on you the more you hear it. Jason does all the singing, plays all the instruments and engineers and produces the music all by himself. He describes his music as a hobby but I read on one site that he spent two years on his previous album, Skyhouse and Scarlet, so I don’t know if that’s really the right word for it. He clearly has massive talent and I hope to hear more of his evocative style...”

Furtive Radio (United Kingdom)

Jason Rubero has something here that could be a success. "God" is a well crafted track that sounds good when I listen. With continued upward progression in his recordings, I'd expect to hear more from Rubero in the future. However, it needs work to get to that point. For one, there's a bit too much wah-wah guitar in this track. It tends to overpower the vocalist, who as best I can tell, should be the focal point of this song. The other sounds are well mixed though, so just dropping the wah-wah guitars back a bit should do a lot to even up the sound. Vocally, this is a success. Rubero has a voice for quiet pop music, and it shows throughout this track. He doesn't overdo anything, his voice just comes through evenly, reminding me a bit of Kenna's "Hell Bent". As far as the vocal aspect goes, I'll definitely keep an ear open to Jason's page. As a whole, like I've said, "God" is a solid track. It is cleanly written and performed, and the production is quite decent. With a little work in the mixing department to even up the sound, this will be a sign of things to come for Jason Rubero.”

Gods Of Music

'She's A Flier' is light and relaxing but plenty of interest: Beautiful start to this song, liked the bass piano chords. This song has a good stereo image which was used to good effect with the incidental phrases making appearances throughout the song. Effective backing vocals, not too intrusive. Plenty of space throughout this track which doesn't require layers and layers of instruments - testament to the strength of the track. The song builds nicely and just when I thought it was fading (as I was also drifting) another vocal phrase bringing the song to a definite conclusion.”

— GarageBand.com

Instead of sounding like a jaded musician trying to unearth what's left of his sensitivity, Jason Rubero's music seems to be built on a tower of emotions and pensiveness. Quiet acoustic songs allow Rubero's near-whisper to take the center stage.”

— Listen.com

I love 'She's A Flier'!!!: Great song. Great trippy mello vibe. Piano is cool, and little background noise is cool too. I love it. Singer sounds on key and good.”

— GarageBand.com

I've been listening to "Winter Opened My Eyes", by Jason Rubero, for the past two weeks. This is the type of song I love to review - confident, chill, yet full of emotion, rooted in the classic, yet somehow managing to remain new & refreshing. If you're looking for something encapsulating all the chill and attitude of the beat generation, yet smooth & warm like a velvet blanket, "Winter Opened My Eyes" will bless your playlist with the cool textures and steamy groove you crave. The beats are delectable, and the instruments and samples "float like a butterfly" & "sting like a bee". Jason's voice is wonderfully suited to the mood in this song, and the only thing I find wanting in this piece is a matter of personal taste - I would have expanded the range of the existing vocal melody in a couple places near the end of the song, and I'm not sure about the sample of the child near the end. Other than those minor details, this song is a groove-walk firedance through a winter wonderland, wearing the absolute classiest in designer shades. Simply Sweet. This song is now a permanent addition to my music library.”

Gods Of Music

Head Trip listed as more than a "Guitar Rock" effort and immediately displays a relationship to the writing styles of David Bowie, with Beatles like harmonies and matures as a truly inventive songwriting effort. The Dillon esque lyrics and English pop sound is impressive when the multi layered harmonies come into play, again calling to a production era when flamboyant mixes ruled the pop rock scene and were comprised of more than electronic bass throbbing and click track musicianship. Head-trip begins with an irreverent "hear ye hear ye" anthem intro, with effects on the vocals to emphasis the thematic view of the material by the artist reminiscent of the more theatrical sound that were popularized for example by the revolutionary stage and latter film performances in the play "Hair" and even "Rocky Horror Picture Show" or "Ziggy ,Spiders from Mars" all classic pop culture pieces. Does it necessarily fit in today’s music scene? Well this isn’t the thing that radio jocks are spinning now, it’s almost too "smart". Again they sound more English pop or American pop culture more than guitar rock although there is lots of guitar in it stays with mainstream songwriting methods common to pop and lighter alternative efforts. The dynamics of the track even approach Jeff Lynns "Electric Light Orchestra" in places showing a mature well trained talent. Suddenly when you think this track has shown its colors, it concludes with a catchy time signature change that makes you wonder what else is hiding under the flower power, peace sign covered hood. Maybe this will appear in bright lights behind the next Monty Python inspired film…”

Gods Of Music