|unica723||Fecha: Viernes, 2013-05-24, 8:21 AM | Mensaje # 1|
Jono — Requiem 2013
The Swedish band Jono released on May 16 debut album «Requiem» and is a plate that is now available. Jono, which is resident on the island of
Gotland consists of members Johan Norrby (vocals, keyboards), Stefan
Helleblad (guitar), Nod Helle Berg (drums), John Carlgren (keyboards)
and Janne Henriksson (bass)
01 I Was The One 03:49
02 Judgement Day 05:20
03 Letting Go 06:00
04 Nothing 03:59
05 Symphony 04:01
06 Best Thing 04:05
07 Requiem 06:10
08 Dead Or Alive 03:48
09 Love Again 04:16 Disponible sólo a los usuarios
|unica723||Fecha: Domingo, 2013-06-30, 10:34 AM | Mensaje # 2|
|ojotigre dijo |
JONO - Requiem (2013)
I am in ecstasy.
This is the trance-like state you'll be into after listening JONO's debut
album "Requiem". These talented young guys from Island of Gotland,
Sweden, have produced a wonderful, surprisingly mature piece of art
I am starting this review backwards, because I can't recommend to you this album enough.
Jono's music, vision and inspiration marry up the best of early Queen, Kansas
and even Toto into a magical recipe that transcends any genre or
But judging (and enjoying) their work limited to the aforementioned acts would be a tremendous injustice. This combo
conducted by the impressive Johan Norrby takes the melodies, the
gorgeous vocals arrangements and superbly clean musicianship of these
classic bands and add to them their incredible good taste to build a
unique blend into 'songs'.
Yes, we are talking about songs here, but not your typical ones; "Requiem" is a perfect concoction of melodic
progressive rock, melodic rock and elaborated rock&pop delivered
with a freshness and originality rarely seen in the music business of
This is not avant-garde or experimental, on the contrary, these are pure melodic, uplifting, highly listeneable songs that does
not stop to surprise you all the time.
Opening with the catchy (in its own terms) "I Was The One" were the pace, the deep bass and
guitar work recalls Toto - but then in the middle a piano / vocal
passage transports you to Queen circa 'II' - you know this album will be
something special. Next, the cheerful "Jugment Day" is driven by a
perfect, melodic refrain and an enviable musicality that oozes quality
through and through.
And now "Letting Go" follows... Oh my... Freddie Mercury would be proud. This is simply an outstanding composition
keyboard and vocal dominated with superb vocal inflections, confident
instrumentation and a truly emotive feeling.
In the same vein we have the slightly progressive "Symphony" (with a terrific guitar work) and
title track "Requiem", all of them interspersed with uptempo and
colourful numbers like the melodic rock of "Nothing" and the bouncing
(and commercial) "Best Thing" which balance the album in a clever,
But Jono aren't conformists at all, and as said, they surprise you again and again; "Dead Or Alive" is some kind of
a sympho-prog number with strong guitar riff and a blasting solo, but
with a pop melody, a trepidant yet clean tempo and epic vocals but not
in the 'grandiose' way, I dare to say the singing is inspired in
Broadway musicals... looks like a pastiche on paper, but believe me, the
result is awesome.
For the end, another gift to the ears: the slow, velvety, almost sad "Love Again" is supreme. Subtle, ethereal
instrumentation and heavenly vocals very much in the style of 'My
Melancholy Blues' (Queen's News Of The World).
Here's where you need to go above, at the beginning of this review, and read what I think about JONO's "Requiem".
Seriously, get this album at any price.
01 - I Was The One
02 - Judgement Day
03 - Letting Go
04 - Nothing
05 - Symphony
06 - Best Thing
07 - Requiem
08 - Dead Or Alive
09 - Love Again
Johan Norrby - vocals, keyboards
Stefan Helleblad - guitar
John Carlgren - keyboards
Janne Henriksson - bass
Nicka Hellenberg - drums
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