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HOME SONGS

Jump

 

Neo-Prog

3.55 | 11 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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Symphonic Team
3 stars Homely

Home Songs features another set of mostly good songs from Jump. The style of the music is not radically different from the previous two albums, On Impulse and Matthew, but Home Songs is a little bit softer, more light-hearted and laid-back, and even further away from Neo-Prog. The keyboards (mostly piano and organ here) are reduced to playing a mainly supporting role on this album and the sound is thus more guitar dominated than before. The songs are mostly vocally driven and the focus is on the vocal melodies rather than on instrumental parts. It is actually hard to find anything particularly progressive about Home Songs. The style adopted here is rather a subtly eclectic form of melodic Rock with touches of Pop, Folk, and Blues. What appeal this album possesses lies mostly in the excellent vocals, the good song writing, and the professional musicianship. Whatever you think of its degree of adventurousness and originality, one cannot deny that it is a high quality product.

The highlight of this album is The Better Part Of Valour, a song featuring some superb electric mandolin. With the exception of a couple of weaker moments, the other tracks are enjoyable, but not particularly memorable.

The conclusion is that Home Songs is one of Jump's least interesting albums, but it is not without its value and constitutes a decent addition to a collection that has most of the band's other albums.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |

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