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3.29 | 99 ratings

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The T
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2 stars Were it not for a couple of songs, I would have given this album a 1-star rating.

This is neo-prog at its worst. A genre I like and a lot when done well (ARENA, MARILLION, IQ, among many others) can be the synonym of boredom if played with so much lack of will and originality as in this record by JADIS.

The songs Fanatic (with a very good guitar solo near the end, nothing incredibly original but very proggy) and the one that follows, Yourself Alone (with it's moderately memorable music) are the only highlights in an album that's as bland and uninspired as any.

Not only is the music totally un-original (we've heard this music hundreds of times before) but it's also weak, dull, lacking any element that could make it interesting. The songs lack hooks, there are no good choruses, no memorable verses, no riffs or acoustic passages or even progressions that we can say we will remember 3 minutes after listening to the whole album.

On top of that, the music lacks energy, lacks strength, lacks life. All sounds the same, with no dynamics, with nothing that makes us FEEL anything. This is perfect background music. But progressive- rock should never be good for background music, as one of the things that we love about it is that it forces us to listen. JADIS forces us to listen, yes... but to whatever else is producing sounds other than the speakers or headphones.

The musicicans are capable, the album is perfectly-produced, but as said before, the music is generic neo-prog. Even the singer sounds like a generic neo-prog singer, much like PALLAS' vocalist, but without the character of the Scottish band's frontman, and especially, without the good music that that band is able to create.

Two songs save this album from being in the bottom group of albums I own and have reviewed. But don't let the rating fool you: the album is bad, is not a disaster because it has a few redeeming elements, but it's nowhere near real GREAT albums in this neo-prog genre which has given us lots and lots of truly outstanding pieces of art.

This is not one of them, for sure.

The T | 2/5 |


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