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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Where In The World
  2. Is This Real
  3. Alive Inside
  4. Between Here And There
  5. Racing Sideways
  6. Understand
  7. Giraffe Chariot
  8. Counting All The Seconds


Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jadismusic
  • ASIN: B00004VSCY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,061,581 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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For those of us who have mainly listened to the radio to discover new music, it seems like progressive rock spluttered and died after Marillion's heyday in the 1980s. But the advent of streaming MP3 stations over the Internet, such as Aural Moon, have shown me that this isn't so. I discovered this album on that station, and have been listening to it almost non-stop in the days since I received it.
Jadis seems to have something for everyone, much of it spearheaded by vocalist/guitarist/lyricist Gary Chandler. Chandler's guitar evokes memories of Alex Lifeson's best, tightest work on Rush's Hold Your Fire album, and his smooth singing style (along with the vocal harmonies worked into their arrangements) is a big part of what powers the best songs. He sounds vaguely like Marillion's Steve Hogarth, albeit in a different vocal range, and his lyrics stand with much of former Marillion frontman Fish's work.
The rhythm section of John Jowitt (bass) and Steve Christey (drums) is as tight as any group I've heard in rock, although Jadis mostly exchews the wacky time changes that signify some other prog-rock groups, so it seems like Christey is given fairly little opportunity to show what he can really do. Still, the pair successfully ground the music, and Jowitt often takes on a lead-bass role a la that employed by Renaissance.
The odd man out seems to be Martin Orford's keyboards, which are neatly integrated into the music, but it's often hard to tell them apart from the guitars; they add essential color to the sound, but this isn't a keyboard-based group. Think of how Yes used keyboards on their 90125 album, and you'll get the idea.
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Have you ever heard the music of Jadis? If you have, you are indeed blessed - this band has been making it's unique and creative music for well over a decade, with little or no help from the press or "music biz"! For the un-initiated, Jadis are a band who were born out of the progressive rock revival movement of 1980's England (although they did not release their first major album until the early 90's.) They have been closely associated over the years with bands like Marillion, Pendragon, Arena, and I.Q. - and in fact, I.Q. members Martin Orford & John Jowitt are part of this particular Jadis line-up. However, Jadis simply has too original of a sound to be lumped into one "musical movement" or another. They do indeed invoke (at times) the progressive majesty of Camel, Yes, or (early)Genesis, but there is also a more modern and and dare I say "pop" sensibility about the band - so it is probably no coincidence that the members of this band site the likes of U2, Tears For Fears, and Crowded House as influences right alongside the usual "prog" culprits you'd expect! The music of Jadis is fueled by the outstanding guitar work of Gary Chandler, who rates as one of rock's most colorful players, with a variety of finger-tapping techniques, splashy U2-ish chord sequences, and fluid, melodic string-bending. Chandler's vocals also lend Jadis a big part of their unique musical identity, and he sings with a thick, warm, mid-range tone that brings to mind John Wetton, or maybe even Paul Young (of Mike & The Mechanics). I.Q.Read more ›
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