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Jade Warrior

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.66 | 27 ratings

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WFV
3 stars I like this album, and it is a fitting denouement for this obscure yet thrilling collective.

The first time I listened to it I expected the more New Age Jade Warrior that had prevailed since Nineteen Eighty Four's Horizen. I was wrong - this is a real rock and roll record that does have some atmospheric passages with a lot of trademark flute. Still, clanging rough Frippian guitars (another JW trademark) peek through here and there adding color and a sinister attitude to the proceedings. The real surprise were the vocals, there here and there almost everywhere. They don't detract from the music for me, they are just there.

The last three cuts are the highlight for me, it's like the rest build up to them. Excellent closing statement in Everything Must Pass.

Definitely on the softer side of contemporary prog, but a nice find nonetheless for inclined parties.

WFV | 3/5 |

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