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Jaga Jazzist


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.76 | 62 ratings

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4 stars I re-listened this Jaga Jazzist album once again after I just received my fresh "One- Armed Bandit" version. It's often good to see some earlier works from the distance of time.

So, even if during all their career band's music is placed somewhere in jazzatronics field, there is not possible to find two very similar albums. If "A Livingroom Hush", the one released before "What We Must ", was based on drumming and rhythms, with more energetic ,and sometimes even acoustic sound, the album I'm reviewing now is much more polished and electronically arranged.

Excellent melodies are very professionally recorded and mixed in one beautiful (if not too polished) musical piece. For sure, one of strongest influences on this album is post-rock, so the correct name of this music possibly is nu.jazz/post rock amalgam. And vintage nostalgic/romantic old movies soundtrack music is important component on some compositions as well. Wordless chorals are another component, and even if all this list of ingredients sounds a bit chaotically on paper, in band's music all them are melted tastefully and very organically.

Beautiful music, but I just missed there some energy, or adventure spirit there. Too comfortable?

Returning back to my review's beginning, I just want to mention their next work - you can see this competent, beautiful and comfortable sound's evolution there.

P.S. I strongly recommend to purchase Limited Edition with 4 original songs remixes added. Same songs there have all very different sound whenever post-rock arrangements are removed. Full-body sound with great drums and horns!

snobb | 4/5 |


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