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Jelly Fiche


Symphonic Prog

3.72 | 45 ratings

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Sean Trane
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3 stars The newest Quebecois is a recruit for the Unicorn label (that carries a few more), JF is a trio of seasoned veterans whom started their respective careers in the mid-90's, but only waited until 07 to form this project, which is a play on word for jellyfish. The three Montrealers have invited a guest drummer and a flutist girlfriend and called upon some external help for part of the lyric, in order to complete this long album that comes with a textured paper booklet and very pleasant artwork all throughout. Their music is between a certain form or retro-prog and modern prog, and even has a dose of neo-prog, reminding me a bit of their countrymen Dagmar with a jazzier slant.

The album appears divided in two parts, as if they wished us to turn over the disc and play the flipside. The album starts quite fine with the excellent title track (all I've dreamed) as typical 90's retro-prog with very neutrally-sung French lyrics, but these are belted out in a very neo-proggish manner. Despite this "flaw", this first track holds high dramatics and some good interplay, namely between the guitar and the KB (includes many vintage, even a discreet mellotron). The following Les Arbres (trees) is much in the same line and has us hoping the rest of the album is of the same acabit. Unfortunately Cach Au Fond Plus Haut (hidden deeper higher) and Source Infinie (never-ending source) are way too wordy and to be honest, the vocals are now grating me by this time that progress in the album is only heading forward by the presence of a mellotron. It's not that Syd's voice or Eric's backing vocals are bad, but they into a too- loud mixing scheme and presents all of the neo-prog clichs, that this writer has grown to loath since it seems a requirement to be irritating for neo-prog sounding groups. The second part of the album starts out on the guitar-arpeggio introduction In Vitro turning into a wild electric guitar solo for the two-part Dans La Peau D'un Autre (in someone else's skin), a track that comes close to stealing the spotlight to the title track, and where the vocals are less prominent (in volume, not in quantity); good stuff really, but no more. After its merry-go-round intro of La Fontaine, the group attacks the epic Cage Des Vautours (Vulture's cage), but it's nothing that

What JF proposes in this first album is a modern prog that rests between the 70's giants and the 80's and 90's neo-prog and instead of being compared to Marillion sound-alike, you have to aim between Discipline and TFK or SB to pigeonhole the band's sound with a jazzier slant than usual. Outside the irritating neo-prog type vocals, JF's music has many pleasant

Sean Trane | 3/5 |


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