Early Stones references are standard for Love as Laughter, but in most instances, early Stones recordings are too clean and reverential to serve as measures for Jayne's messier presentation. A much more linear connection can be traced to the dirty acid blues of the Pretty Things, a British band of '60s madmen who populated their raw musical output with reality-based theater of the absurd. While Jayne wisely avoids the Things' debilitating antics, his sound is a dead ringer for their brand of high-energy retro rock. If Jayne's sonic meandering is just a by-product of his creative restlessness, he has a relatively cool catalog to chart his course so far. But if he's been looking for the right mix before fastening everything down and actually calling Love as Laughter a real band, now might be a good time to get the current lineup to commit to more than a single album.