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JAGA JAZZIST

Jazz Rock/Fusion • Norway


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In 1994 a couple of kids from Norway all around the age of 14 decided to make an album combining their wide range of influences, but the main one being jazz and electronic music, they made in 1996 their first album "Grete Stitz". It wasn't that much of a ruckus, but they where slowly on their way to perfecting their own sound.

It was in 2001 with their album, "A Livingroom Hush" , that the 10 piece instrumental band named Jaga Jazzist finally was in the spotlight. It was also when they became known all around the world with their unique sound and toured out of their own country for the first time witch gave them a lot of recognition from all over the world as well as the raving reviews they got from the album. In 2002 "A Livingroom Hush" was dubbed jazz album of the year.

In 2003 they released their follow up, "The Stix", witch saw the band experimenting more with their electronic side without the help of remixers. It also showed the band in a more rock direction than the previous one.

After all of the touring for The Stix was over, they went again into the studio to start recording their latest album, "What We Must", but after that they went and recorded the demo "Spydenberg Sessions" in witch their signature sound came evident; combining genres, artists and bands from all over the map that by reading their list of influences you wont believe it could be possible. After the band made a tour in the US and Canada showing their new material, they went on to record their latest album "What We Must". This album showed their post-rock influences more clearly than their previous two albums.

Jaga Jazzist is a strange band in it sense of mixing all their influences to make their own sound. They have jazz, electronica, progressive rock, shoegazer, psychedelic, hip-hop, alternative rock, experimental artists, post-rock and more all under their own umbrella of sound. Curious to know what they would sound like? See for yourself.

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See also:
- Shining



Discography:
Grete Stitz, studio album (1996) (as JŠvla Jazzist)
Magazine, EP (1998)
A Livingroom Hush, studio album (2001)
The Stix, studio album (2002)
Animal Chin, EP (2003)
Day, EP (2004)
What We Must, studio album (2005)

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Nine Tune Records/Redeye 2003
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StixStix
Nine Tune Records/Redeye 2003
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What We MustWhat We Must
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  • Jaga Jazzist at Doornroosje, Nijmegen on 26 Nov 2014
  • Jaga Jazzist at Lantaren/Venster, Rotterdam on 27 Nov 2014
  • Jaga Jazzist at De Kreun, Kortrijk on 28 Nov 2014
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  • Jaga Jazzist at Colston Hall, Bristol on 30 Nov 2014
  • Jaga Jazzist at Hafen 2, Offenbach on 2 Dec 2014
  • Jaga Jazzist @ Loppen, Christiania on 3 Dec 2014
  • Jaga Jazzist at Parkteatret, Oslo on 11 Dec 2014

JAGA JAZZIST discography


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3.17 | 6 ratings
JŠvla Jazzist Grete Stitz
1996
4.01 | 43 ratings
A Livingroom Hush
2001
3.75 | 22 ratings
The Stix
2002
3.66 | 46 ratings
What We Must
2005
3.72 | 104 ratings
One-Armed Bandit
2010

JAGA JAZZIST Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.87 | 6 ratings
Live With Britten Sinfonia
2013

JAGA JAZZIST Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Cosmopolite
2009

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3.96 | 6 ratings
Magazine
1998
2.14 | 3 ratings
Animal Chin
2003
2.91 | 3 ratings
Day
2004

JAGA JAZZIST Reviews


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 The Stix by JAGA JAZZIST album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.75 | 22 ratings

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The Stix
Jaga Jazzist Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars ''A livingroom hush'' and its innovative style became an instant favorite among music fans and the album sold rapidly over 15,000 copies in Norway alone.It won also the Norwegian music award Alarm Prize in 2002 and the same year it was crowned as ''Jazz Album of the Year'' by BBC listeners.Jaga Jazzist then signed a deal with the Norwegian label Smalltown Supersound, following the deal with a huge number of live shows, which were mostly succesful.They draw the interest of Ninja Tune, who came in a deal with Smalltown Supersound to have the rights to release the band's next album.As a result, ''The stix'' was originally released in 2002 on Smalltown Supersound and the following year vinyl and CD editions were released by Ninja Tune.Ivar Johansen and Jorgen Munkeby had been replaced by Andreas Schei (keyboards) and Ketil Einarsen (flute, keyboards, percussion).

Second album by Jaga Jazzist appears to follow a similar path as their debut with lots of Jazz and Electronic elements, although a bit more restrained.The problem is that the tracks are sounding pretty similar, combining jazzy improvisations with modern drum programming and Trip Hop beats, while there are also a fair amount of Avant Garde and Chamber Music traces via the piano and synthesizer lines.''The stix'' lacks the rather more diverse sound of Jaga Jazzist's debut, but the music remains refreshing, clean and charming.You get the feeling that many of its moments were parts of a Soundtrack, having an intense cinematic flavor, and the executions are pretty cool with abstract jams, laid-back ambiences and dominant Electronic showering.Lots of saxes and vibraphone strengthen the jazzy flavor of the album, which is mainly built around wind instruments, music effects and keyboards, offering contemporary instrumentals.The mass of delicate melodies of ''A livingroom hush'' are rather absent with the band choosing a more difficult and complex path in this album, which still contains some pretty adventurous and well-performed music.

A little dissapointment compared to the band's monumental debut.Still ''The stix'' is a fine combination of Jazz, Electronic and Chamber Music with an intense instrumental background, which will please fans of original, contemporary-styled music.Recommended.

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 Live With Britten Sinfonia by JAGA JAZZIST album cover Live, 2013
4.87 | 6 ratings

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Live With Britten Sinfonia
Jaga Jazzist Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Argonaught

5 stars I have listened for the 'Live With Britten Sinfonia' album by Jaga Jazzist only once, but I had known a couple of their songs, featured on this album, from their previous efforts.

What can I say - this is one of the most satisfying albums I have laid my hands on in the past few years. There is one very important (albeit subjective) test that this album passes cum laude: being stimulating without being irritating. Takes a lot of subtlety and refined taste to achieve this. It's like carrying something very fragile and precious in your hand: squeeze it a little harder than absolutely necessary to maintain the grip, and you crush it; loosen your hand just a little more than you should, and it drops and shatters into pieces.

I am especially impressed by the way Jaga Jazzist have evolved

Jaga Jazzist are enlisted here as a jazz-rock fusion band. I think the 'Live With Britten Sinfonia' has shown, once again, that they are quite capable of, and interested in playing any kind of serious music. I'd classify this album as modern classic to avoid splitting hair as to whether the 'Live With Britten Sinfonia' is symphonic, progressive, experimental, eclectic jazz or whatever. Shall I call them the Super Fusion of Everything band of the 21 Century?

Five stars without reservation.

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 One-Armed Bandit by JAGA JAZZIST album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.72 | 104 ratings

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One-Armed Bandit
Jaga Jazzist Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by LinusW
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3 stars Balancing on the line between smooth, suave and elegant on one side and a bit tepid, glossy and sweetly melodious on the other, you should be able to infer that this is no roller-coaster ride of an album.

Don't be fooled though! This is a busily arranged and musically refined and proficient slice of music. Working on a basis of rather groovy, modern fusion mixed up with a fair bit of electronica and more atmospheric/soundtrack-like (almost post-rock-ish) sensibilities, it makes for quite a pleasing mix of genres and sounds, but I feel the fusion always comes out on top (even at times when the electronica goes as far down as the rhythm department). At the same time it manages to be relentlessly poppy, with myriads of sunny, happy-go-lucky melodies and harmonies popping up to the left and right.

There is an airy, almost fluffy, freshness to the compositions, regardless of a fuzzy, buzzing, mischievous richness that lurks beneath the shinier melodic surface. It sounds neat, clean, warm and playful. This is in part due to the compositions themselves, often strangely (but rather charmingly) na´ve and child-like. Perhaps ripped out of a kids' TV show or a friendly, flowery video game with a slight penchant for the absurd or surreal? The presence and particular use of clarinet, vibraphone, tuba, trumpet and saxophone on One-Armed Bandit enhance this feeling further.

Now and then things move into slightly darker territories, but as everything is relative it is the darkness of a nice, white cloud blocking the sun on an otherwise perfect summer's day. It is hard to find friction. And I need it, something that weighs the album down and connects me to the joyride. It teases with slight abrasiveness in the keyboards, a touch of ominous brass instrument majesty or a build up of colder and clearer free-form progressive structures, lures you in with a set of awkward atonal or glitch'y effects and a sudden eruption of earnest and fiery fusion rhythm and a tenser melody, but all too soon falls back into the meticulous and pleasurable lull of before. Charming, soothing, refined, admirable. But at times I find myself thinking: this is speed lounge. And it is a bit sad, because I rather like and admire what is going on here. It is just a bit too polite, quaint and bloodless in spite of the warm, vibrant richness.

Easy to like, impossible to love.

3 stars.

//LinusW

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 One-Armed Bandit by JAGA JAZZIST album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.72 | 104 ratings

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Jaga Jazzist Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by TechnicallySpeaking

4 stars I decided to review something a little different tonight. One of my favorite subgenres of progressive rock is fusion jazz. Launched into existence by the likes of Larry Coryell, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock in the 60s, the genre evolved and integrated into the progressive scene in the 70s with bands such as Dixie Dregs, 10 Years After, Return to Forever and then in the 80s with bands like Shadowfax.

Of course, Magma was and remains a signature Progressive Fusion Jazz group that I had the pleasure to see live at NEARfest a few years back. Recently I discovered a band that continues this eclectic subgenre into the current decade with a fresh twist . Jaga Jazzist is a band from Norway that has released several albums since 1996. The one that I am reviewing is the most recent "One Arm Bandit" 2010. I recently watched some great video concert footage from a prior release "What we Must" that I plan to review soon as well. Anyway this is an awesome addition to my Fusion Jazz collection. Now for a track by track breakdown:

1. The Thing Introduces... (0:23) ? Opening ambiance, cymbals and perhaps a gong?

2. One-Armed Bandit (7:08) ? This song is very upbeat, and moving; almost danceable. It has the air of a live show. Then it changes into a complex electronica reminiscent of a video game sound track. Then it goes back to the upbeat rolling jazzy track that started the song. It has a great blend of live sounding acoustic instrumentation integrated with electronica. Of course the sound effects at the very end give the name of the song away as you hear the coins roll out of the machine.

3. Bananfluer overalt (6:17) - It begins with a short drum track reminiscent of Hawaii Five O, but then gets very jazzy, with off-beat odd time signatures. As the song moves on, symphonic keys join (strings and voices), along with nicely played guitar leads. The music is sufficiently complex but not overly crowded. There are parts that are beautiful in its simplicity. There are major changes throughout this song in instrumentation and composition, but a strong thread of a common theme that continues throughout.

4. 220 V / Spektral (7:03) ? This opens with a nicely done piano melody and bass with an effect that I could not quite identify. The song then picks up in intensity, with heavy drums, space-rock synth effects, bells, and some other sounds that I have not quite placed. This song has the signature "back beat" that I like in modern progressive jazz. About half way through, this song gets a little repetitive, and I started to lose interest. The song could have been 2 minutes shorter and been a better track.

5. Toccata. (9:11) ? This starts with a rather repetitive but catchy organ track with other instrumentation following along. Trombones and Tuba join the party. Then we get an explosion of nice fat and warm drumming. The drums are complex in the beat, but could have been pulled off on a four piece set for all I know. There is a little synth thrown in for texture, but for the most part this is an instrumental track featuring wind instruments. The dynamic creativity in the horns will keep your attention.

6. Prognissekongen (4:34) ? This is one big track. It starts with a jazzy but bombastic syncopated drumming with vibes. They explore many different musical modes in this track. The talent of the drummer is evident by signature jazz solos that are featured throughout. The" bigger than life" background of the song is augmented with discordant piano and synth that reaches a climax of pure chaos before folding back into upbeat sound that started the song. This track just flies by and is probably my favorite on the record.

7. Book of Glass (6:49) ? This song is not very organized at first. It almost seems a little out of place after the perfect composition of the previous track; however after a few minutes it starts to pick up steam, and continues the excellence from Prognissekongen. The technical aspects of this song are incredible. There are several things going on here from a fast pace drumming, to a continuous synth droning, to a quick guitar melody and lead keyboard that is incredible. I almost consider this a part of the prior track as it seem to resolve what was not previously expressed.

8. Music! Dance! Drama! (5:32) ? This track opens with a strong off -beat drumming and space rock background. The trumpet and trombone take the lead. There are some classic symphonic elements with instruments playing in full synchronization and others playing in completely different time signatures but fully complimenting the main timing. There is a lot of music buried in this track which takes a couple of listens to find.

9. Touch of Evil (6:40) ? This could be a movie track; a spy movie, perhaps the opening to the next James Bond, however it is not corny. It transitions into a steady down-to-earth beat with an ever changing bass line and keyboards providing the mood. The transition from a symphonic movie track to progressive jazz is seamless. It is constantly changing with a very modern feel. There is an electric guitar synchronized with a saxophone at one point that produces a unique sound. As it built towards the end of the track, an unexpected but complimentary pipe organ joins the party. It ends just as it begun with a helicopter sample.

I am happy that I was introduced to this band. Technically speaking it is one of my current favorites.

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 One-Armed Bandit by JAGA JAZZIST album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.72 | 104 ratings

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One-Armed Bandit
Jaga Jazzist Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by BORA

2 stars I feel compelled to pen a few words - if only to justify my low overall ratings of the band's output.

To put them in the Jazz Rock/Fusion genre appears to be rather erroneous. Contrary to what their name implies and the classification at PA, they have little - if anything to do with Jazz. Primarily, because they just don't "swing". The presence of wind instruments alone doesn't make it Jazz.

Their first release was rather juvenile, but that's hardly surprising of 14 year olds and in that light it deserved support. Trouble is that their music - especially compositions - have matured only slightly since.

One would anticipate a lot more from a 10 piece band and whilst this album is one of their better ones, it still is mediocre by any standards. Fragmented, robotic compositions have no place in any form of Jazz, contrary to some pleasing individual playing.

Only in comparison with their other works, I'd rate this a very weak 3, but in reality it's barely above 2 in my books. Needless to say, these albums will not stay with me long, but such things happen when one buys on "expert" recommendations.

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3.72 | 104 ratings

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Jaga Jazzist Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by fuxi
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4 stars If you've read some of my previous reviews, you will know I'm always on the lookout for bands that combine the wit of the Canterbury scene with the lyricism of Bill Bruford's Earthworks and the orchestral prowess of early 1970s Frank Zappa. And if there's one Zappa album I return to again and again, not just for the expert soloing, but especially because of its wonderfully bright ensemble playing, it's THE GRAND WAZOO, surely one of the very best "progressive fusion" albums - far more exciting than the comparatively monochrome HOT RATS!

I'm not familiar with anything Jaga Jazzist recorded before ONE-ARMED BANDIT... I simply bought this album because of the glowing reviews I kept reading, and I wasn't disappointed. The Norwegian band definitely seem to have taken a leaf out of Zappa's book. They've managed to resurrect that gorgeous WAZOO sound, combining it with 21st century electronics (never too much!) and with some exuberant Steve Reich-type minimalism. (Perhaps it 's more appropriate to speak of Reichian "pastiche", since the band take minimalism by the scruff of the neck - using repetitive phrases without embarrasment and working themselves into a frenzy!)

When seen purely as compositions (in which unexpected things tend to happen!) most of these tracks are a delight; and for the discerning prog lover it'll be even better news that instruments as diverse as tuba, vibraphone and electric guitar sometimes detach themselves from the "orchestra", executing neat little phrases and elegant miniature solos. A brilliant band; I can't wait to find out what they will do next.

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 A Livingroom Hush by JAGA JAZZIST album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.01 | 43 ratings

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A Livingroom Hush
Jaga Jazzist Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Warthur
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5 stars Norway's Jaga Jazzist offer a dizzying variety of sounds on A Livingroom Hush, seamlessly integrating lush, organic acoustic instrumentation with cutting-edge technology. On the album you'll find classic jazz textures to energetic and fast-paced fusion-inspired stretches reminiscent of Frank Zappa or some of the Canterbury Scene bands (I particularly note a hint of National Health and the Muffins), along with very modern-sounding dance music influences - and often you'll hear all of those happening at once.

What makes the album such a brilliant success to me, though, is the way they are able to seamlessly blend all of these styles together; the stylistic shifts in the album aren't abrupt and don't exist solely for showing off, but flow smoothly and organically and come across as part of a careful process of composition. If this is the "future jazz", as the Norwegian scene which spawned it is referred to, I can't wait for the future.

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 One-Armed Bandit by JAGA JAZZIST album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.72 | 104 ratings

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One-Armed Bandit
Jaga Jazzist Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Negoba
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4 stars Up-Beat, Modern, Grooving, Just a Little Complexity

Jaga Jazzist's ONE ARM BANDIT is pretty unique in my collection in that is self-consciously hip and modern. I'm not a big fan of modern electronica, which is a heavy element here, but the almost gleeful tone of this record makes me drop my baggage and just enjoy. This record is full of energy, and plenty of risks. The mix can get very busy, occasionally noisy, but the group seems to manage to keep it all together. The title track has at least five major musical ideas that sound very different, from almost free jazz to post-rock, a little math, a little avant-gard, and of course the theatrical electronics. Thankfully, I think most of the drums are live, and this really helps keep some degree of flesh and blood feel to the music. (Track 8, "Music! Dance! Drama! is an exception, I believe using triggered electronic drum sounds) There is a looseness to the beats in places that just can't be reproduced by a sequencer. I think this is what makes this music work this well for me.

The album is all-instrumental, probably best categorized as modern fusion. All guitars are clean and for the most part play a support role. Drums and keyboards rule the mix, with horns adding flavor. Even during some more dream-like passages, the rhythm continues to churn along excitedly. This is great music to put yourself back into a good mood. There are some interesting harmonic and melodic choices that mark this album as somewhat experimental. The risks pay off, and really the only complaint I have about the album is that the band occasionally lets sections hang on a little long without adding tension. But that's really a minor quibble, especially compared to some other music.

Some sections do get a little repetitive and sound like soundtrack music. "Toccata" is several minutes too long. Luckily, the next track is the aptly named "Prognissekongen" (at least the prog part), which packs massive overlapping lines in complex time all in 4:30. Despite some previous reviewers' comments, I feel that the band continue to pull out new tracks all the way up until the final track. While the album is quite coherent in sound, each track has its own vibe and statement. This isn't a fusion record with long sections of jams. Clearly, every song is composed and any improvisation is set around a structure specific to that tune.

This is a little notch above some of the 4 star albums in my list but still not quite enough to reach masterpiece status. Still, it has a unique spot in my music collection, and one that I come back to more often than most albums that I churn through. Easily recommend.

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 One-Armed Bandit by JAGA JAZZIST album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.72 | 104 ratings

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One-Armed Bandit
Jaga Jazzist Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by BrufordFreak

4 stars A collection of delightful, mostly melodic and upbeat music?not unlike Bill Bruford's EARTHWORKS, TORTOISE, and the great Minimalists though often more straightforward and predictable.

"One-armed Bandit" (9/10) is a charming, happy, hummable, and memorable tune?a cruisin' tune or a movie soundtrack intro or credits companion. I hear a little inluence of French soundtracks, BURT BACHARACH and even STEVE REICH minimalism. Same for the pretty, slower "Bananfleur Overalt." (8/10) Nice bass lines. "V,Spectral" (7/20) offers a SATIE-like piano intro before a funky, acid jazz feel takes over. More to the electronica side with this one, even the horns sound electronically treated. "Toccata" (9/10) is straight out of the STEVE REICH/PHILLIP GLASS school of minimalism. Add a little PAT METHENY sounds (drums & electronica) and you've got a classic Philip Glass soundtrack piece. "Prognissokongen" (7/10) is the supposed prog tribute. It still feels very 'French soundtrack somposer imitating Philip Glass' to me?even the speeded up section and crash. "Book of Glass" (8/10) is another pretty electronic song?very STEREOLAB-like. Cool song! "Music! Dance! Drama!" (7/10) is a TORTOISE-STEROLAB-MONO (British version) styled song perfect for riding around in the city tour bus. "Touch of Evil" (8/10) has an emo-angsty spy-espionage movie soundtrack feel to it. It's actually a very cool, hauntingly beautiful song?complete with some upfront Euro-disco sounds and themes to it.

A pleasant, fun, wholly listenable and entertaining music experience. Great music for driving the countryside or doing housework! Solid four stars.

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 One-Armed Bandit by JAGA JAZZIST album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.72 | 104 ratings

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One-Armed Bandit
Jaga Jazzist Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by zravkapt
Special Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

4 stars I have heard few albums from 2010 but this is possibly the best of them. Although I have heard of Jaga Jazzist, this was the first album of theirs I have actually heard. This is instrumental music featuring many musicians and many different instruments. I like the mix of wind instruments and electric/electronic instruments. The sound is a combination of fusion, post- rock and electronica. A lot of the bass lines seem to be done on synth, which is cool because I'm a sucker for bass synth. It is possible that there is some fuzzy/distorted bass I'm confusing with synth.

The first time I listened to this, parts of it reminded me of Tortoise. Which is great because Tortoise is one of my favourite groups. It wasn't until I read the credits that I noticed that Tortoise drummer John McEntire helped with the mix. Makes sense now. I prefer whatever he did here to what he did on the latest Broken Social Scene album. I also prefer this album to the last Tortoise album as well. "Book Of Glass" is the most Tortoise-sounding song on the album. Jaga Jazzist may be one of the very few groups that sound similar to Tortoise. I'm only basing that on One Armed Bandit, as I have not yet heard their earlier material.

There is a part in the title track with sequencers that is really nice. Good distorted bass, whatever it is. "Bananfleur Overalt" is the standout track for me. There is a great melodic theme here which gets repeated. Nice twangy guitar in this song. "Toccata" is the longest song and can be almost hypnotic at times. "Prognissekongen" even has 'prog' in the title! I love when the trombones and other wind instruments come in. Cool part in the middle with distorted bass sound and string-synth. "Touch Of Evil" begins and ends with the sound of a helicopter. I like the main melody at the start of the song. Some good techno beats and handclaps along with some really rockin' guitar. Church organ near the end.

As with most newer releases I like, this album grows on me the more I hear it. I am definately interested in hearing the band's previous output. I may not like it as much as One Armed Bandit, but I could possibly like it even more than this. Will have to find out. I'm very impressed and it makes me happy knowing that there is still music as good as this being made in 2010. In the future I may consider this a masterpiece, but for now I give this a solid 4 stars.

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