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WAVES

Jade Warrior

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.45 | 63 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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Symphonic Team
2 stars First wave of New-Age Jazz

One thing one can always rely on Jade Warrior to do is to come up with something different with each new album. With Waves, the group almost completely eliminated the Rock side of their sound in favour of an interesting mix of New-Age and Jazz. As opposed to the previous album, Floating World, there is no longer anything on Waves that connects with the early Jade Warrior sound (of their first three albums). Indeed while the previous two albums had been kind of transitional between the old and the new, Waves displays a group fully transformed from eclectic and experimental Rock band to an early New-Age ensemble. One should not, however, as with all other Jade Warrior albums, expect an album that falls as easily into any given category as that. They still manage to retain their own spirit, even when they float above (but never really dive into) different genres.

Waves consists of only two sidelong tracks, Waves part 1 and Waves part 2. Again, as on Floating World, the music is entirely instrumental throughout. There are indeed some nice parts occasionally, but also lots of grey areas. To my ears, this album is too uneventful for its own good with only a couple of more melodic and rhythmic passages over its 40 minutes plus running time. Steve Winwood adds some nice piano and other keyboards. Some parts are surprisingly jazzy.

Overall, Waves is a pleasant if rather unexciting effort. In my opinion, Jade Warrior peaked with the previous two albums, Last Autumn's Dream and Floating World. But for those who enjoy the more relaxing side of Jade Warrior's music, Waves is a worthy addition.

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |

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