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3.54 | 20 ratings | 3 reviews | 15% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2019

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Lie to Me (6:37)
2. Lazarus (Space Masala) (6:25)
3. Rain (4:56)
4. Ava (4:52)
5. Who Will Remember (When You Forget) (2:11)
6. Let Go (10:42)
7. Violet (4:39)
8. Circuit Heaven (6:55)
9. With Me (4:36)
10. Love (4:26)
11. Endless Ground (Let Go reprise) (5:42)
12. Ava (acoustic) (4:17)
13. Masquerade (5:25)
14. For Isaac (5:01)

Total Time 76:44

Line-up / Musicians

- Anadale / guitar, vocals
- Joe Reilly / keyboards
- Anthony Rondinone / bass, vocals
- Louis Abramson / drums

Releases information

Label: Glassville Records
Format: CD
June 22, 2019

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JOLLY Family ratings distribution

(20 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(15%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(55%)
Good, but non-essential (30%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
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JOLLY Family reviews

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Review by kev rowland
3 stars As with all Jolly releases, this their fourth album has the words "The Incredible" above their name, with "presents" underneath. It does given them a powerful visual image, and also meant that I quickly remembered their debut which I heard some ten years ago. I also remembered that I didn't like it, thought it was over-rated, and that I was in the minority. Some six years since their last album, and with the same line-up since the second album of Anadale (guitar, vocals), Joe Reilly (keyboards), Anthony Rondinone (bass, vocals) and Louis Abramson (drums) here is a band who have been influenced by the more metallic areas of prog combined with a love of Muse. On the debut I felt they contained hints of Meshuggah, and while there is little in the way of djent to be discovered, there is no doubt that the bottom end can get very heavy indeed.

The result is something which is actually quite strange to listen to. There is the impression that there is an attempt at being commercial, yet they are also very heavy indeed at times, and this mix of very heavy guitars and bass combined with the melodic vocal style just seems off at times. It has been released as part of the True Music Guide series as well if you can find a copy ? these are limited edition magazines which concentrate on just one release by one band, and #11 includes a biography, an interview with Louis Abramson, loads of photos and tour details. Musically I have to say that I have found it hard to really get on with this album, but am sure that is down to personal musical taste. It is well produced, very polished, and if this is your style of music then I am sure you will get a lot from it. For me, I confess I have played it and enjoyed it more than I did the debut, but that isn't saying a great deal to be fair. Proggy, commercial, Muse-inspired and very heavy, but just not for me.

Review by The Crow
4 stars After the sound odyssey of the two installments of "The Audio Guide to Happiness", Jolly returned six years later with the long-awaited "Family".

And for my taste, it is his most mature, focused and enjoyable album. Mixing again influences that go through alternative rock, electronic and the most raw heavy metal, Jolly are able to surprise the listener with an excellent collection of songs.

Anadale's distinctive voice sounds better than ever, and the production is clean, heavy and nuanced. It's a shame that a group like this doesn't have a higher recognition!

In any case, it seems that they are going to release a new album soon? I can't wait to hear it! I'm sure it will be as genuine and unclassifiable as ever.

Best Tracks: Lie to Me (perfect to start the album, with a great chorus), Lazarus (in my opinion it's the best song they've written. Good space-heavy, with incredible guitars), Ava (a unique song, original and tremendously representative of the style of this band), Let Go (10 minutes of pure heavy-prog ecstasy), Circuit Heaven (another dynamic, fun song with a curious circus touch)

My Rating: ****

Latest members reviews

3 stars JOLLY is a group of pop-prog pulling the MUSE wanderings of RADIOHEAD, THE MISSION of, and KILLING JOKE one side. Oceansize of FAITH NO MORE or PORCUPINE TREE RIVERSIDE other hand, PARADISE LOST, of LEPROUS or KILLING JOKE latest version (in heavier sound) between the two sides! JOLLY done so in ... (read more)

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