Despite the fact that the trio known as The Jelly Jam have spent much of their career earning their paychecks in progressive acts such as Dream Theater, King's X, and the Dixie Dregs, John Myung, Ty Tabor, and Rod Morgenstein have mostly decided to go in the complete opposite direction when they get together every few years to resurrect this band. Sure, the musicality of the three players is always there, but with Profit the band once again show how adept they are at crafting catchy pop hooks and housing with within an alternative/modern rock framework that owes as much to The Beatles, The Raspberries, and Cheap Trick as it does to Soundgarden, Nirvana, and Stone Temple Pilots. Basically a concept album telling the story of The Prophet who goes on a journey to save the world, the CD contains 12 tracks that range from moody rockers to quirky uptempo power pop, the prog virtuosity that all three members are capable of simmering underneath as they go for a more ensemble sound rather than show off.
Highlights include the catchy "Care", the hard rocking "Stop", the brooding "Water", the Middle Eastern/prog tinged "Perfect Lines (Flyin')", the grunge laden guitar romp of "Mr. Man", the heavy grooves of "Memphis", to the more introspective guitar & bass excursion "Permanent Hold". Tabor's vocals and guitar work are stellar as always, but it's Morgentstein who really impresses here with a vast array of rhythms and textures, giving each song plenty of life no matter the tone or tempo, and he works so well alongside the ever dependable Myung. Though much of the album is a bit mellower and moodier than past Jelly Jam affairs, there's no denying the quality of the material that's on display here, which is another great example of the talents of all involved. If you haven't yet discovered The Jelly Jam, this is as good a place as any to start your journey.
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02. Stain On The Sun
05. Perfect Lines (Flyin')
06. Mr. Man
08. Ghost Town
10. Permanent Hold
12. Strong Belief