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Jade Warrior


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.54 | 82 ratings

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Eetu Pellonpaa
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3 stars The second ambient / symphonic album from this band for the Island label is maybe the best of them, but still does not contain very exceptional values for me.

The record starts with a slow massive sound, a symbol for a whale, and from its wake enters the oriental soothing strings, flute and piano sounds to weave a web of the music. Piano continues to be a dominant instrument driving forth the next movement, being a laid back jazzy lounging with ethnic sounds. After this there are very pretty acoustic guitar arpeggios presented, only to turn the boat of music to another stream, flowing along with the dreamy electric guitar solo. The last movement on the LP's A-side is also a very calm acoustic piece.

The second side starts with nature sounds, where the instruments sneak in slowly among the birds, creating a scene where distant drumming gives the rhythm for the guitar and flute. Later a more mysterious scene is presented with percussions and peculiar guitar pickings, which morph as a bluesy boogie with a screeching guitar solo in style of Jimi Hendrix. Then there's a calmer flute and guitar playing, which I would have liked to hear more; The bluesy psych rock movements don't work here as good as in the early albums of this group (maybe as the whole band wasn't constant but a studio session line-up). The music fades then via natural soundscapes to void of very low frequent noises.

Being a very meditative and calm recording, it's probably the best of the four virgin label records of this group. But somehow there are no such elements or movements in the music which would really touch me deeply. Nice jamming on mostly pleasant themes, but nothing special considering my tastes.

Eetu Pellonpaa | 3/5 |


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