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RELEASED

Jade Warrior

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.51 | 92 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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Symphonic Team
1 stars We have reason to believe ...that this album is an anomaly

When hearing this second album by Jade Warrior and comparing it to their other albums from the same period, I must ask: what happened here?! This all-out Jazz-Rock affair lacks most of the trademarks of the band and reminds more of the Latin Jazz-Rock/Fusion of Santana. The New-Age and World-Music influences that make Jade Warrior so special and distinctive are nowhere to be found on Released. Instead we have saxophone-heavy Jazz-Rock numbers with lots of Latin percussions. The tunes often have a somewhat improvised feel and most of them are too long for their own good. This is most true of Barazinbar which runs for 15 minutes and goes absolutely nowhere during that time! Maybe I am being unfair, but this is just not my cup of tea and not what one would expect from Jade Warrior. If Latin Jazz-Rock/Fusion is your favourite type of music, by all means give this album a chance. Though, others made this type of music much better. For me, this music is rather dull and repetitive with no original musical ideas behind it. They seem content just to let lose and play their instruments without knowing where they would end up.

The tracks that stand most apart from the rest is We Have Reason To Believe which is an awful Boogie Rock 'N' Roll number whose only virtue is its short length and Yellow Eyes which is a nice, but unimpressive, little acoustic ballad.

The conclusion can only be that Released is an anomaly in the Jade Warrior output. For some this can be a good thing, no doubt. But for me this is disappointing. Thankfully, the group would go on to do better and more interesting albums after this one.

SouthSideoftheSky | 1/5 |

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