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ON IMPULSE

Jump

 

Neo-Prog

3.08 | 13 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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Symphonic Team
3 stars "I don't want to be a millionaire, I only sing these ditties to impress"

On Impulse continues pretty much where the previous Matthew left off. This means subtly eclectic, melodic Rock; occasionally groovy, occasionally poppy, occasionally bluesy, a bit heavy (but never straying near Metal). The Folk influences that were largely absent from Matthew are back with a vengeance on the superb Bethesda, the unrivaled highlight of this album. John Dexter Jones hands in a fantastic vocal performance on this piece (that can be streamed from this very site). This excellent track is however not very representative of the album as a whole. The rest of the tracks are all enjoyable, and several are really good, but with some exceptions it is not really what I would have wanted from Jump. This is still high quality, professional music, but I am less fond of the direction that the band were taking on Matthew and the present album than that of earlier albums like ...All The King's Men and Living In A Promised Land. Anyone coming to this album expecting a typical British Neo-Prog sound will be surprised to find very little of that here. On Impulse is actually more Crossover Prog than Neo-Prog, but for the most part it is not even all that progressive to be honest. The most proggy tracks are probably Like A Drum and the closer Cruel To Be Kind, the latter of which features a nice but brief piano solo.

Like Matthew, On Impulse is, perhaps even more so, a good album and a worthy addition. But neither of these two albums constitute the best place to begin with Jump.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |

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