Thursday, May 26, 2016
The JELLY JAM: "Profit"
Label: Provogue/Mascot 2016
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom
Vocals/guitar - Ty Taylor (King's X). Bass guitar - John Myung (Dream Theater). Drums - Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs, Winger). End of review? There's no denying the sheer quality and craftsmanship of above mentioned musicians. Top notch, dude. Top notch. Are they still into the whole Prog-Rock goes monolithic grooves and dark agenda? Yeah. Only darker and more experimental than in the past.
Like. All of a sudden it became very trendy to spout out religious beliefs, but not following it and not believing it. Thus why the Prophet became about Profit? and saving the world and its population may not be that easy in the end. All that considering, The Jelly Jam have got it all back together and are about to do it all the way with no restrictions. Ty (the skinny white dude from King's X) - still trying to sound like John Lennon on dope and the vocal tracking is groovy-hippie as usual. Several tracks are obviously close to Ty's King's X compositions in both style and arrangements. Not that strange all considering. And just for the record, I love most of their releases.
'We can change if we stop'? The message is ringing out loud and clear. It's all about wanting to change and do better? To most people it's all talk and no action and it's so darn easy to set up the 'angry and upset people' facebook page and then declare: job's done. Yeah, right. Dream on sucker. Tight as hell musicianship and arrangements that goes through several different stages of rock music. For instance. The Neil Young-ish work of "Fallen" is goosebumps and high-fives all around. Superb and definitely sentimental stuff. As always when it comes to Ty, it's not just about Prog-Rock or one certain style of rock. It's however all about quality songwriting and having the listener in constant awe.