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4 stars What a wonderful CD i have on my hands and soon in my player. The cardboard covers are great. Quite psycedelic themes and there is a hilarious little comic book too (it's about the adventures of the line-up. In the first issue the pages are on wrong order because someone in the label messed it up I think).

Ok, the disc is in the player now and I'm excidet! ¡Quela Puente! is the first track and it starts with nice melodica(?) and flute. Throuh the album there is a intelligent use of other instruments too like a oboe, a vibraphone, a clarinet and the strings. What an harmony.

There is only a little minus and it is Erg (0:39). It isn't bad but sounds little bit like a filler.

I think that Spices, Species and Poetry Petrol is more jazzy and progressive than the first Jeavestone's album Mind the Soup. Very mature performance from this finnish group with a lot of potential and skill.

(Sorry about my probably bad english but the album is still great!)

4,5/5 points and 4 stars!

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Posted Wednesday, May 7, 2008 | Review Permalink
4 stars What a giant leap by Jeavestone!

Whereas Mind The Soup is a promising, yet somewhat inconsistent compilation of songs from the group's early career, Spices, Species and Poetry Petrol is a similar jump onto another, higher level, that Gentle Giant made when they after their eponymous debut released Acquiring The Taste. There is another similarity with ATT: the title track is a shortish scherzando instrumental, and co-incidentally Jeavestone's new album also contains a short instrumental called Erg, that brings Giant's tune to mind.

On this album, Jeavestone brings back all the nice and good things from their past influences and mix them with modern-sounding rock music with a lot of small, interesting details, nice tone colours of acoustic instruments, playful melodies, powerful riffs, fine vocal works, even humour (The Power Of SwankleT) - and out of the hat jumps an album that any prog fan longing for the good old Seventies but rather hoping for a better 2000's will find as a most satisfying effort. There is more jazzy feel than on the debut, an expansive variety of instruments used with purpose and skills, and Jeavestone's first proper multi-movement epic - and yet they are rocking out, like on Plastic Landscaper or Your Turn To Run.

With Spices, Species and Poetry Petrol, Jeavestone raise the bar for themselves to such heights that if they can go further from this, I'll guarantee their next album five stars. In the meantime, you shouldn't waste your time: get this fantastic album into your hands now. (4.49/5)

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Posted Thursday, May 8, 2008 | Review Permalink
5 stars Have your ankles being swankled?

When a band is a blend of being entertaining, powerful and humoristic at the same time, you tell your friends quickly. I got excited at this band because I'm looking for a Gentle Giant-Sugar- Twin-kinda-band. I did find something a bit more complicated than this...

Jeavestone is a band that goes full throttle in what they do. There is no filling and there's very few idea repetition, but you won't get bored. They are skilled musicians (although kinda young) and they have a fondness for bands like Jethro Tull, Gentle Giant but mainly Beardfish or Frank Zappa. The songs are short, packed with punch, features lots and lots of hooks, despite the heavy amount of jazz-folk and a good dose of auto-derision. There is a lot of humor, even in the way they are playing, especially in the fake infomercial about a device that removes and polishes ankles. I laughed very hard, and again, people were staring at me for the wrong reasons.

So fans of Beardfish, please drop whatever you are doing and get this album. A gem.

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Posted Monday, April 18, 2011 | Review Permalink
4 stars The follower to Jeavestone's promising debut is a clear improvement. Also the cover art is better, but the drawn texts are hard to read. The additional booklet is a humorous 7-page cartoon "The Seek of a Lost Musician" by Heidi Vierimaa. Judged on the opening tracks, the group's energetic, US reminding prog rock shows no hint of slowing down or losing the humorous spirit. 'Liquera Puente!' wastes no time in adding colourful details into the boogie- flavoured rock'n'roll. 'The Plastic Landscaper' sounds like FRANK ZAPPA's amusing vocal prog, while the Shop TV satire 'The Power of Swankle' is extremely Zappa-esque; a merry jazz-rock tune accompanied by cheesy advertising speeches.

'I'd Be Your Weakness' starts calmly with acoustic guitar.The slow-paced vocal harmonies are in the style of e.g. CROSBY, STILLS & NASH. This beautiful track brings the needed balance, and also the first half of the next, two-part track avoids the overdose of energy and offers relaxing, richly arranged prog with plenty of flute. 'Rapist's Tango' returns to the hectic and satirical style familiar from earlier tracks. On the long run I find it tiresome. Another breath of fresh air is offered by a tiny, pretty instrumental 'Erg'. 'Your Turn to Run' keeps shifting between delicate jazzy textures and edgier, slightly aggressive sections à la KANSAS.

As a crowning epitaph the album closes with a 10-minute composition with lots of dreamy softness. Indeed this album fulfills the hopes for more mature stylistic spectre that I got from the restless debut. Warmly recommended!

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Posted Monday, June 9, 2014 | Review Permalink
4 stars I entirely agree with P A community which gives the best quotation to the second album from the Finish band JEAVESTONE "SPICES, SPECIES AND POETRY PETROL" between his 4 albums. The disk is a really eclectic-prog album and I take the risk of say, which is possibly one of more eclectic albums that I've heard. Track 1 " 'Quela Puente! " sounds to me like a HANDS inspired track.. Track 3 " The Power of Swankle(tm)" brings ZAPPA's strong influences . Track 4 "I'd be your Weakness" is very close to CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG, mainly in the acoustic guitar and vocal parts. Track 6 "Rapist's Tango" in certain moments recall BIRTHCONTROL ... even in vocals and riff parts. Only for cite some tracks. So becomes unnecessary make any considerations about the quality of musicians... All of them enough qualified . My rate is 4 Stars !!!
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Posted Monday, May 30, 2016 | Review Permalink
4 stars A great mixture of humorous rock and symphonic prog.

Great vocals, great instrumentation and good songwriting. The production is crystal clear and sounds really analog: the result is a retro-sounding album. The humor in the songs is never too much or overdone. The music is sometimes heavy (guitar/drums), sometimes melodic and symphonic (cello, flute, vibes, clarinet).

Because the band have a male and female vocalist it adds to the colour of the music. The music sounds like to be influenced by Gentle Giant, WigWam, Jethro Tull, Frank Zappa, Caravan and Focus, with a little dash of Supersister.

The only current bands that have something in common are Beardfish and The Carpet Knights.

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Posted Monday, February 26, 2018 | Review Permalink

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