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The Jelly Jam

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

2.93 | 32 ratings

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Conor Fynes
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2 stars 'Jelly Jam II' - The Jelly Jam (4/10)

Before any comment on the actual music takes place, let it be known that the Jelly Jam is a supergroup between John Myung (of Dream Theater fame,) Ty Tabor (King's X) and Rob Morgenstein (of Dixie Dregs.) With three established members of the progressive rock scene coming together to create something, it's implied that there would be alot of fans with high expectations for whatever might come out of the partnership. Unfortunately though, this particular supergroup doesn't seem to be a winner.

The Jelly Jam seems to be a respite for the band members from their typical, more technical musical styles. This project plays grungy hard rock with the occasional psychedelic influence. While a simpler approach to their music is fine in my books, the songwriting (while being catchy) and execution feel bland and uninspired.

Ty Tabor runs the show here almost entirely; his vocals and guitars dominate the mix and sound. John Myung and Morgenstein sound like they are both very bored playing here; everything is done very much by-the-numbers, without any showcase of their great skill. Bluesy riffs are the order of the day here, and Tabor seems to do everything he can in order to make himself the controlling member of the group. While this might have been alright if Myung had been the leader, Tabor's songwriting and lyrics end up making the project sound like a poor man's King's X.

All bad things aside though, the Jelly Jam suceeds at making some catchy hard rock. Although there is little replay value for the songs, each song is memorable in it's own right; gifted with strong melody writing. Unfortunately, none of the songs ever really get developed to the point of being 'fantastic,' and while being pleasant to listen to for a short while, 'Jelly Jam II' has little to offer in terms of depth.

Conor Fynes | 2/5 |

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