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5.0 out of 5 stars A number 1 album in an parallel universe..., 2 Mar 2006
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This album features Ty Tabor of King's X, Rod Morgenstein of the Dixie Dregs (and various side-projects) and the legendary John Myung of Dream Theater fame. It might be said that this album veers away from these artists' progressive roots but it's a welcome change. Fans of such bands such as the Foo Fighters will find plenty to like here with the powerful chord sequences fused with sweet rock melodies. The vocal harmonies are reminiscent of that other great progressive side-project Transatlantic and there are also elements of prog blended in for those who, like myself, have stumbled on this band through Dream Theater.
None of the performers is at their most virtuosic but the musicianship is clear even though many of these tracks would be quite at home on the radio. In fact, laying back the virtuoso elements has seemingly allowed the performers to really enjoy their few weeks' excursion from daily duties with their main bands. This enjoyment is clearly audible (most blantantly on track 12 - check it out up there! ^ )
The only slight drawbacks are the spoken lyrics on parts of a couple of songs and a little too much repition of the chorus on a couple of the others. Tabor's voice also takes a little time to warm to. Having said this, tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 will be on my playlists for months to come...
I'm sure this CD would have more sales if more people knew about it. There's something very rewarding when you have a CD no-one else you know has and yet people seem to enjoy it. If you haven't experienced that yet, maybe this is a good place to start...
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5.0 out of 5 stars people dont know what there missing., 6 Mar 2013
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fantastic price for a rare cd what an album from ty and the boys thanks guys can you get the third album shall we decend for the same price and ill have that too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bigger, better, more rockin second album!, 7 Feb 2010
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Here's the sequel to the first JELLY JAM album. It is similar, and I do get the vibe that these albums might have been meant to be seen as kind of loose jam session things, but they actually are really top quality original rock albums. The first Jelly Jam was a curious strange and interesting little rock gem. With members of legendary influential bands KING'S X (Ty Tabor on guitar and vocals, and lyrics) and Dream Theatre (Myung on bass) it is definately a band with much talent to utilise. They did hold back from being super nerdy proggressive on Jelly Jam and again here it is all about simple (well, fairly simple) heavy catchy rock tunes. -Although apparently Ty and others who were in his other side group Platypus kind of 'evolved' into Jelly Jam, and became less prog sounding, more about hooks and shorter tunes that rock more imediately.
If you have heard the first album, this is like that sticking a fork in a plug socket! It is much more rockin, heavier, and just bigger and fuller sounding. It sounds much more well produced, and polished and realised. The first tune has a slick Black Sabbath riff but Ty's spoken soft vocals over it. Like the first album, the songs are mysterious, catchy, strange, a little prog and experimental but not ever over shadowing the big rocking riffs and delicate moments. A suitable follow up.
A very impressive, very enjoyable modern rock album for anyone wanting something different to the top current chart rock bands.
P.S.- If you do like it, check out KING'S X, and all Ty's other solo work and other bands.
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