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The sixth Jadis album, Photoplay, sounds quite a lot different than their previous albums, mainly due to the fact that vocalist / guitarist Gary Chandler did most of the recordings at his home studio and worked with Pro Tools for the first time, as well as acting the role of engineer. All of which allowed Chandler the freedom to work and refine over a several month period on Photoplay. Hailing from the South of England, Jadis are one of the top functioning Neo Progressive bands worldwide and Photoplay will appeal to all Prog /Rock fans alike.

1. There's A Light
2. What Goes Around
3. Asleep In My Hands
4. Standing Still
5. I Hear Your Voice
6. Make Me Move
7. Who I Am
8. Need To Breathe
9. Please Open Your Eyes
10. All You've Ever Known
11. Photoplay

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 21, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B000E0W2KM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,510 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ProgDog on February 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Jadis has released a CD that lets a grittiness into their sound, a grittiness that is well known to fans who have seen the band live. Taking the better part of a year to write and produce, Chandler thrived under the pressure of creating this CD on a deadline. That pressure squeezed out a diamond.

Photoplay contrasts other Jadis releases in that the CD sounds more like a band that actually rocks while performing. In comparison to Fanatic, Photoplay abandons the idea of a concept CD and reflects a more direct hommage to the Trevor Rabin period of Yes. Tightly composed solos seal the joints on the songs of this CD more deftly than Jadis (Gary Chandler) has ever done so in the past.

Far from formulaic, Jadis manages to create an open sound that feels like a sunny day, yet fails to bore any perceptive listener. Concerned with the crafting of lick-driven songs that actually rock, Chandler avoids the overly-introsperctive approach by other prog bands bent on creating epic-length, super-intricate songs heralding to ELP and early Yes constructs, songs that can be tiring for the listener who simply wants to enjoty a good, solid rock song with progressive elements. The label neo-prog stems from this commitment to creating listenable, easily approachable progressive rock.

"There's a Light" opens the CD with a strong, heart-stopping lick that truly rocks. Keyboards soar into the song much like a heavy Deep Purple cut. Drums on this cut stand out as actually having some verve. Gary even allows his voice to carry a bit of urgency.

"What Goes Around" opens with a guitar lick that Gary looped with his Pro-Tools software. The song is a fabulously crisp, edgy rocker with textures to keep your ears tickled.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Murat Batmaz on June 1, 2006
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Jadis' new album is quite possibly their most rewarding work to date. Unlike its predecessor, it consists of independent songs rather than following a concept, and is put together with a strictly defined songwriting attitude. Guitarist and vocalist Gary Chandler also took on the responsibility of mixing Photoplay with impressive results. There are moments on the album where infinite numbers of threads are tied together combining dense atmospherics with gripping guitar arrangements. Without doubt, the production on the album is their best yet.

Unlike the more synth-driven earlier Jadis albums, Photoplay boasts lots of guitar-centred passages that are brilliantly mixed with rich melodies. "I Hear Your Voice" could be the definitive Photoplay song: it begins with floating Mellotron sounds that are married with a funky bass walk and rocking guitar melodies. Chandler's vocals in the chorus have a nice catchiness to them, particularly when they soar above the beautiful piano section. "There's A Light", the opening song, is another great representative of this record. The guitar work is sublime and Martin Orford's keyboards are ethereal to say the least. Chandler's voice is more confident than before mixing nicely with a slightly blues-inflected guitar solo as restrained acoustic guitars are also inserted into the mix. There is more to enjoy. The slightly ethnic beats on "What Goes Around" underlie both processed and clean vocals by Chandler as the piece also displays great interaction between the guitars and keys; while "Asleep In My Hands" stands out for its powerful drumming and blazing synth effects, much like the relatively modern-sounding "Standing Still" whose psychedelic pop inflections and dark Mellotron patterns highlight the terrific bass fills by John Jowitt.
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First let me set some context by saying that I am a progressive rock fan and I discovered Jadis on Across the Water and More Than Meets the Eye. I found both of these to be excellent neo-prog works, most likely because they showed what I consider to be a connection to the prog rock that I am used to (neo- and classic). When I first listened to Photoplay my initial thought was "well, another prog group goes mainstream". Photoplay seemed to be nothing more than a collection of well-written and well-played 5 minute songs (the consitency of the song lengths on this CD smacked of formulaic song construction). However, I kept listening to the CD repeatedly, and was glad I invested the time; I have come to like this CD quite a bit. In fact, with the exception of Standing Still and the very uninteresting instrumental title track, there are some gems on this CD. If you are listeniing to this CD for the first time, I suggest you hit There's A Light, I Hear Your Voice, Who I Am, and Please Open Your Eyes first. The remaining tracks (with the exceptions noted earlier) are good, but are of a different nature...more "standard rock" feeling, but they make they give the CD more depth. I wil continue to explore Jadis, both older and newer works. They are becoming one of my favorite bands.
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