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ONCE UPON A TIME

Jadis

 

Neo-Prog

3.39 | 15 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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4 stars This EP is fully in-line with "More than Meets his Eye". The first Jadis album.

Brilliant opening number. "Follow Me to Salzburg" is one of my fave from the band. A superb and catchy melody, fabulous guitar solo and gorgeous keys. Drumming is seriously effective. Anything else ? This is a fantastic and beautiful song. A great combination between neo and symphonic prog.

It sounds as a concept EP since the listener goes nicely from one track to the other without any blanks (at least during the first two songs). "All in One Day" starts with an instrumental intro (a definite strenght of this band - I mean the instrumental parts). This is somptuous. The whole song being rather rhythmy and again very melodic. Expressive drumming as well. I really like this song. Some passion perspires out of it. The middle part being very much "Genesis" oriented (while they were four). Vocal parts are somewhat poppy but I really can not complain.

The last song of this excellent EP, "View from Above" also features a lenghty instrumental opening part and this is pretty much fine. Sublime keys and guitar, upbeat rhythm, lots of theme changes. It is an elaborate track which provides so much emotion mainly thanks to the superb guitar work.

IMHHO, this EP is a wonder of neo-prog genre. It can not be rated as a masterpiece due to its lenght but it is definitely four stars worth.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |

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