Jelly - 'Troubadour, Wizard, The Queen and The Machine' (Self Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Saturday, 06 July 2013 03:40

Album-Front-smallThe true spirit of independence is here as Jelly release a vibrant record full of smart tunes with decent lyrics, melody and attitude all on show, getting things off to a vibrant start with 'Say Hello' - it might not be original but it's good. Full of life and a healthy amount of polish for an opener Jelly sound like a band who aren't about to change the world but are happy to add their little piece to it and are comfortable just playing rock 'n' roll as best they can, and on this evidence that's a pretty high standard.  


Things are motoring with 'Car Crash Movie' with an excellent sound on the bass guitar that draws the listener in as the song begins to gather pace with a fair amount of '80s alternative feel to proceedings, mainly from Steve Bray's vocals and melodies: I hear glimpses of bands like XTC, the Banshees to name a couple. There is a lot more to Jelly than that though, trust me. They seem to have easily absorbed a lifetime of influences and not just copied but used them to create a sound of their own, which is good.


They even shift some gears for 'Kill Me, Thrill Me' which has an excellent hook and some very nice guitar playing and just the right amount of grit.


The sound gets nice and sleazy for 'The Note' as Vera Wild picks a mean bass run that builds before dropping back down. It's like a mash up of Jane's Addiction and some early Japan, which is never a bad thing, and makes for the strongest track thus far and one that really impressed me.


The acoustic guitar is brought out for 'Something Is Killing Me' before breaking out. With a massive studio budget a song like this could be absolutely huge. The arrangement and playing is impressive as this album gets better and better: so much for putting your strongest material first, eh?


In the spirit of D-I-Y Jelly are killing it, 'Best Of Us Yet' is another brooding monster with some great licks on the guitar and bass as it sways and meanders into your brain and takes up residency.


'Troubadour, Wizard, The Queen And The Machine' is an impressive alternative rock album that has variety in the music yet remains cohesive, with light and shade aplenty and above all bloody good tunes from the start to the finish. Well impressed.