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4.13 | 31 ratings

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Second Endeavour
4 stars JONO is a superb addition to the Swedish prog-rock contingent. The group consists of Johan Norrby (lead vocals & keyboards), Stefan Helleblad (guitar, b/v), Johan Carlgren (keyboards, b/v), Janne Henriksson (bass, b/v), Nicka Hellenberg (drums & percussion). They demonstrate an admirable command to exhibit a fantastic soundstage. Compositionally, their album 'Requiem' gives a nod to the past, while its feet are planted in the present. This amazing venture does echo back to the 'good old days' of classic Queen (70's era), yet with a side order of Kansas. Some riffing and quirky moments can remind about fellow countrymen A.C.T. The first thing that struck me was the captivating vocals of Johan Norrby. His singing, on most occasions, evokes the passion and magnificence of Freddie Mercury. The music is setting the scene for incredible voice to lead the way towards a shore. Definitely, Jono has what it takes to catch many, many ears. There's a full blown affair with quite well handled changes in pace. There are passages with abundance of keyboards, inventive guitar patterns and masterful rhythm section. This five-piece is capable to weave a musical texture that's dynamic and melodic, intense and laidback, purposeful and dramatic. Their 'Requiem' bursts with accessible heartache and splendor! Highly recommended.
Second Endeavour | 4/5 |


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