Review by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck|
4 stars out of 4
This album is not what you would expect from prog-rock titans.
The former "Platypus" members Ty Tabor (King's X, guitar and vocals),
John Myung (Dream Theater, bass), and Rod Morgenstein (The Dixie Dregs,
drums and percussion), take it to task and end up with a great rock
and roll album. This is not prog-rock, neo-prog, or anything else
associated with the word progressive when regarding genre classification.
When defining the word progressive for yourself you will find that
these talented musicians surely fit into that realm though. Are you
confused yet? It's actually quite simple. These guys went into the
studio to have some fun and do something totally different than what
they are normally associated with, which is very cool and very progressive.
What ends up happening is a sound that is very similar to a classic
60's Byrds record (in the vocal department) is developed to perfection,
with a noticeable discerning harder edge to it. Except for the title
track "The Jelly Jam", which is a Hendrix like rocker with wah-wah,
psychedelic influences, and the spirit of Jimi jumping in, this is
quite simply a great rock n' roll album without any frills or complications included.
So if you are looking for a straight ahead prog-rock album you need
to look elsewhere or with the groups that these guys normally gig
with. If you enjoy great music that rocks then this is your pre-paid ticket to the show.
1. I Can't Help You
2. No Remedy
4. Nature's Girl
7. The Jelly Jam
8. I Am The King
9. The King's Dance
10. Under The Tree