Saturday 1 February 2020
Jadis - More Than Meets The Eye (1992)
The second album/the real debut album from this British band.
The band was a trio on this album with a lineup of percussion, drums, keyboards, flute, guitars and vocals.
The band had some guest musicians on bass, drums, guitars and keyboards.
Jadis is one of the original neo-prog bands from the British Isles. One of the legends of the early neo-prog scene together with the likes of IQ, Pallas etc etc.
They released a CD with demos before they recorded and released this album. I am not bothered about that CDs with demos and I regard this album as their true debut album.
Jadis does a pretty symphonic form of neo-prog on this album. The Genesis and Marillion influences are pretty strong.
The music is both muscular and melodic. Muscular without being anywhere near the prog metal scene and sound.
There is indeed a lot to enjoy here for both fans of neo-prog and fans of more melodic prog. This being a debut album, this album makes an impact and a big splash in the neo-prog duck pond.
The music even sounds fresh and has a lot of very good details. The vocals are really good. Ditto for the melodies.
This is not a barnstorming debut album. But it makes me sit up and look forward to reviewing the rest of their album. Me thinks this will be a pleasure.