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Jadis: Across the Water

"Jadis are a four piece rock band hailing from the south of England. They became a full-time gigging outfit when they supported IQ on their 'Nomzamo' tour of Britain and Europe. They then supported Marillion on their 'Clutching at Straws' UK tour, culminating in three nights at London's Hammersmith Odeon." (courtesy of the Jadis website).

This is another great sample of some of the best of the Neo Prog era sound. Gary's voice is unique and his high note vocals lift each of these songs higher. He handles all of the songs with care and along with the launching guitar chords and the unique keyboard sounds, the band provides many highlights and memories.

Excellent guitar and keys open "Touch", with much fanfare. Gary joins in on vocals "I can hear you across the water but your touch is miles away". Cool guitar solos follow with great drumming and keys. A great album opener full of life and dynamic sound. Those bass sounds remind me a little of Saga, but this song does sound original.

Very cool keys open "In Isolation". This song is full of those cool keys and some great soaring guitar work. The drums kick up a storm as the song progresses and Gary delivers the lyrics with sincerity, "Shaking like a leaf and rolling like a stone".Quiet, slow guitar and keys open "Daylight Fades" so smoothly. It sounds like a soft falling rain before more guitar chords, bass, and the drums roll in like the tide. Easily one of the best songs on the album. The piano like key solo is fantastic and it along with the guitar soloing seals this as one of the best songs from this period of the band.

"Everywhere I Turn" is another great song about the turning of the seasons and appreciating what we have in front of us every day. More wonderful guitar solos and keys along with some impressive bass. "As the leaves start to fall, gold is everywhere I turn".

"A Life is All You Need" opens with Gary's vocals, keys and guitar, "Let your good side shine, we're not here forever". The guitar solo that follows is excellent. The piano and woodwind support really helps this one shimmer.

Great acoustic sounding guitar and flute open "The World on Your Side". The flute and keys just lock your ears in and take over the soundscape. Then those cool majestic, almost pipe organ sounding keys lift the production even higher. Another of the best songs on the album.

Cool keys and synth noises open "No Sacrifice". "When I feel it, the anger stays inside". More fantastic keys and launching guitar solos. "Still retaining the childlike ways that keep the very soul alive". Great lyrics fill this song along with the keys, drums, bass and guitars.

Track Listing
1. Touch (6:01)
2. In Isolation (6:39)
3. Daylight Fades (7:48)
4. Everywhere I Turn (6:16)
5. A Life Is All You Need (4:22)
6. The World on Your Side (7:07)
7. No Sacrifice (7:54)
Total Time: 46:07

Added: April 18th 2011
Reviewer: Mark Johnson
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 2073
Language: english

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