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    Jonesy - Sudden Prayers Make God Jump CD (album) cover




    Heavy Prog

    2.95 | 18 ratings

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    4 stars Album of 1974

    So, this is not 2002 year album as you can think. It's true authentic sound from the beginning of the 70s (sometimes even late 60s), but with some defect or reverberation effect. Not very annoying and notable, maybe even this was planned by the authors.

    "Dark Room" the most proggy composition of the album with powerfull jazz inclusions. There are some places with polymetres. In the middle there is slowly, quiet and gentle moment, it's beautiful. "Running" - cool action and fast song, very catchy and not so plain chorus, also good instrumental part. "Bad Dreams" has not trivial structure, psychedelic vocals - sounds atmospheric. "The Lights Have Changed" - the sound is very reminiscent of the early YES and for me it is rather a plus, love vocals like this. But this song has many repetitions, elongated ending - i don't like this pop character. However, there're drums syncopation, very like it! "Old Gentleman's Relief" - interesting couplet/chorus bundle: gloomy and unattractive gives way to melodic, captivatingly pleasant BEATLES-style vocal. Which is remarkable - there aren't last chorus at the end! A matter of respect. "Anthem" again BEATLES-sound vocals farewell song. Lovely piano and flute duet which replaced by bass and guitar and all this in permanent repetition. A bit dullish and it's not the strongest ending of good album, but it's not a failure.

    So, it's pretty not bumpy album, there are not surprises. Also there aren't really complex prog rock things and really masterpiece dizzy parts. But it's enjoyable album who like proto/early-prog or some prog-related bands from late 60-s/early 70-s. There are not really filler moments, all time sounds organically and it's really nice. Even some top albums cannot can't brag about it. I would like to pay special attention to fact, that album is strictly "English-sound" without cheery and identical blues/rock 'n' roll filler songs. This is really a big plus, the album is listened holistically without some irritate parts. Good addition to JONESY discography, do not skip it, give a chance!

    Almost 4 stars (about 3,75)

    grom63 | 4/5 |


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