Somewhere between 80's UK rock and modern rock comes Finland's The Jade, with their brand of catchy alternative rock on Seconds Away from Salvation. Working through this disc, I thought I heard moments of The Clash and The Alarm mixed with nuances of Velvet Revolver. Strong riffs and vocal arrangements, fronted by the raspy Willie Rosen, propel the songs, but often add a sense of redundancy. Yet, The Jade works in some genuine radio-friendly accessibility on Drowning and Before the Dawn.
Nevertheless, as I listened to Seconds Away from Salvation while driving home in my car (a perfect atmosphere to assess the energy and momentum of the music), I could not help but hear a recurring monotony. From the general tone of the album to the specific arrangements and riffs, I found the songs melting into a familiar cauldron of repetitiveness, which I could not shake. Don't get me wrong, the music, and the songs, on the whole are not bad, just predictable. As I moved through Seconds Away from Salvation, I guess I expected more variation and intrigue. I didn't find it. However, The Jade's Seconds Away from Salvation is still solid melodic alternative and modern rock, and could find a home in the twenty something UK and USA. Definitely, I listen before you buy item.
The predictable and repetitive, the Jade's Seconds Away from Salvation is still solid melodic alternative and modern rock, and could find a home in the twenty something UK and USA.
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