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LIONIZE JETPACK SOUNDTRACK REVIEW 2014

 

LIONIZE - JETPACK SOUNDTRACK

WEATHERMAKER RECORDS

FEBRUARY 18 2014

 

 

Over the years Lionize has experimented with many sounds from frantic Funk, to refined Reggae to where we are now – an interesting groove-laden Hard Rock outfit with strong reggae-undercurrents. Sound like something you’d enjoy? Well maybe now it’s time to dig a little deeper as on ‘Jetpack Soundtrack’ the Maryland-based band has produced their finest work to date on Clutch’s own record label. Like Clutch? Well they love Lionize and if you give this platter a spin you’ll probably find out why…

 

If you want something diverse and are sick of playing the genre game then you came to the right place as it’s clear that Lionize just don’t care for those kind of boxes. Starting out with the kind of Hammond you thought became extinct somewhere in the mid-seventies ‘Breather’ is all bombast and funk, underpinned by some great guitar and a soulful vocal, all riding on an impossibly tight backline. It’s more than enough to get your attention and the following track, hard-rocker ‘Evolve’ keeps it.

 

Lionize succeeds mainly because they have no rule book. You’d think of playing safe after such a track, but ‘Electric Reckoning’ mellows it down and adds soul, while the title track highlights great vocals and a huge chorus. ‘Replaced by Machines’ on the other hand takes a Southern Rock groove and a lyric bemoaning modern technology to produce something so powerful you wonder why it sits largely alone when the mix works so well.

 

The second half of the album is just as good with first single ‘Reality Check’ brimming with great melodies. It’s the following track ‘Lazarus Style’ though that blows the lid off: a stunning song where the vocals hit another level and the groove drives deep furrows into your sound system. Wow! Add to that barrage ‘Amazing Science Facts’ – a song that allows the organ to come to the fore;  ‘Skynet’ again dripping in organ and keeping that deep Sci-Fi theme alive and kicking; and closer ‘Sea of Tranquillity’ which is the closest we have to the band’s formative deeper reggae roots, it’s a laid back song which closing the album it’s hard to tell if it’s a hello, an echo or a goodbye to that earlier sound.

 

A great album that bodes well for a bright future.

 

 

by Mark Diggins

 

LIONIZE JETPACK SOUNDTRACK REVIEW 2014