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SEE RIGHT THROUGH YOU

Jadis

 

Neo-Prog

3.65 | 53 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer
4 stars I believe I was not the only one to be kind of skeptical about this album. After all, Jadis recent releases were no match to their 90īs stuff. Not bad, of course, the high quality of Gary Chandlerīs songwriting was always one of their strong points. But clearly, he was lacking the same inspiration and direction he once had. Besides, after their last studio offer, 2006īs Photoplay, they had lost the former members of IQ, keyboardist Martin Orford and bassist John Jowitt. In other words, they were not in the best of the situations, to say the least!

So I was genuinelly surprised of how good See Right Through You turned out to be. Somehow guitarrist, vocalist and songwriter Gary Chandler found his muse and the collection of songs he presented is probably the best he has ever done since their classic debut, More Than Meets The Eye. The music on this disc wasnīt exactly a return to their roots, but the basic elements that made them famous are right here: the strong sense of melody, fine guitar lines that sound deceptively simple at first, but hide the delicate and complex tapestry of sounds that is Chandlerīs trademark and the tight musicanship. Chandler is one of the very few guitarrists that have a style totally of his own. Fortunatly his long standing sidekick Steve Christey is still on board with his discreet, but every effective and unique, drumming technique.

More fortunate still is the fact that the new members Arman Vardanyan (keyboards) and Andy Marlow (bass) fitted right in, and they sound like they were in the band forever. In fact I did not miss Orford nor Jowitt at all! Marlow, specially proves that jadis has kept their fame of having always terrific bass players on board. Vardanyan keys are also perfect for the bandīs sound delivering a subtle, but fine, background landscape for the guitar-led sound of Jadis. If youīre looking for long instrumental jams or explicit displays of technique, go search somewhere else. But if you like prog rock with lots of subletleties, great songwriting and fine melodies, welcome!

With a fine production and powerful performances, the songs flow evenly without lows. All the tracks are good and I always hear the whole CD without skipping a single tune. However, the opener Why Canīt I Be Me is definitly a highlight, with its inspired intro, great guitar licks all over, thumping bass and dreamy keyboards. Certainly this song will be featured in any serious future compilation, alongside with their classics like Daylight Fades or the Beginning And the End. More Than Ever is another favorite in an album full of good stuff. Chandlerīs guitars never sounded so conspicuous and so original.

Conclusion: in an year (2012) where several of my fave bands did not really released some of their best CDs, See Right Through You was a more than welcomed surprise. A fine return to form for this legendary band that proves they still can deliver one of their strongest albums after all these years. Whatever the reasons why they did it, I hope they keep on this track for the next works. Final rating: 4,5 stars at least. Highly recommended!

Tarcisio Moura | 4/5 |

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