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3.85 | 163 ratings

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3 stars Less than meets the ear

Even if they didn't release anything officially until 1992, Jadis had been around in one form or other since the mid 80's. While associated with bands like IQ and Marillion, with IQ keyboardist Martin Orford being also a member of this band, the music of Jadis is very different from that of those bands. The music here reminds me more of that of Solstice which means a rather polite, never aggressive and not very complex guitar-based approach. Though a very pleasant and wholly enjoyable listen, I don't remember much about it afterwards. So, though good, I fail to gather up much enthusiasm over this music. The vocals are rather anonymous and it often feels as if you are listening to an instrumental album as the focus lies mostly on the guitars with the rest of the band being relegated to the background much of the time. This album is very well produced and the members of the band clearly have talent, but it does not reach out and grab you.

The guitar playing of Gary Chandler is similar to that of Steve Hackett and occasionally to that of Mike Oldfield, but it certainly does not have a distinctive sound like those great players. Orford, in addition to playing keyboards, also contributes flute on some tracks with good results. There is indeed very little to complain about here, but also very little that stands out.

Pleasant, but hardly essential

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |


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