Jakob
Solace


4.0
excellent

Review

by blackwater USER (4 Reviews)
June 3rd, 2007 | 70 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In their third release, Jakob's brand of instrumental rock proves to be straight to the point yet emotional and captivating.

Jakob, a relatively unknown rock band from Napier, New Zealand released their third full-length Solace in 2006. Further progressing on their sonic soundscapes of instrumental rock, Solace is a refined and solid record. Despite their obscurity, Jakob manages to create some of the most captivating songs while marking themselves as one of the best instrumental rock bands during their time.

Although the band relies on the usual crescendos and wall of sound approach of many post-rock bands, they manage to deliver a sound straight to the point yet downright mesmerizing. Opener Malachite introduces you to a lone guitar echoing soft chords before floating in a flurry of delayed notes. Pneumonic will appeal to fans of the heavier side of instrumental rock, where sludgy bass lines meet a wash of sweeping, distorted guitar along with ambient echoes. Lonesome starts off with a hazy and laidback beginning before slowly rising into a noisy climax.

Oran Mor and Safety in Numbers is where the band finally gets it perfect. Full of delayed guitar and bass chords amidst ambient atmospheres, we're left to trip inside the music before being pummeled into a perfectly executed climax. Safety in Numbers, probably the most accessible and structured song on the album, is also one of their finest moments. Despite Everything All of the Time being a nine-minute epic, its like laid back movie music. It actually features vocals – if you listen carefully during the climax of the song. What closer Saint lacks in variety makes up for in sheer emotive power. It's the closest you'll get to a "ballad" for a band like this.

What's really impressive is that there are only three people behind this band. Guitarist Jeff Boyle utilizes his delay pedal in the most captivating way in recent memory.

Jakob may shine through instrumental rock bands with their distinct, polished sound and beautiful sonic environments, but the fact is that they are still an instrumental band. Chances are you'll have stopped paying attention half way through a song if it didn't grab you from the beginning. If Isis eliminated their vocals, their sound would come out something along the lines of this record.


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Jom
Staff Reviewer
June 3rd 2007


2711 Comments


Those goofy symbols are due to MSWord's apostrophes and quotation marks... I fixed you up. Great job, too, and welcome to the site.

Liberi Fatali
Emeritus
June 4th 2007


1588 Comments


Wicked, I'm surprised and happy that this got reviewed. Nice job, I agree with you for the most part.

Overall the album sits in behind Cale:Drew in my books, but nevertheless it delivers some incredible soundscapes.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
June 4th 2007


2125 Comments


Awesome album.

Doppelganger
August 4th 2008


3124 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

woah, this album kind of rapes

also, best post-rock drummerThis Message Edited On 08.04.08

Prophet178
November 23rd 2009


6397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Best drummer in post-rock for sure.

hmmmmmm
April 4th 2010


38 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good Review! This album is a must-have for any post rock fan. They've toured Europe & NZ/Aus with Isis (apparently at Isis' insistence) and are about to tour the US with Isis. GO SEE THEM! amazing, pure amazing.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
May 4th 2010


8942 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

In love with this as of late.

AnotherBrick
May 4th 2010


9772 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i can only listen to this album like once every few months

Photon
July 1st 2010


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Saint is an incredible song

Captain North
August 17th 2010


6792 Comments


Just got recced this by a friend, Malachite's good so I'll check out the rest of the record.

Dryden
August 17th 2010


13262 Comments


awe

eternium
September 3rd 2010


16340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Holy crap this band is amazing.

North0House
September 25th 2010


1764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Man, NZ's such a small little place, but they have a band that can great such massive and incredible sounds.
Can't beat that.

Liberi Fatali
Emeritus
September 26th 2010


1588 Comments


If you came here, you'd see the music is perfectly suited to some of the landscape.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 26th 2010


19064 Comments


Album is awesome.

Digging: Objekt - Objekt #2

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2011


8942 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

in love with this forever, one of my favourite post-rock records~

HBFS
February 2nd 2011


1294 Comments


saw them tonight supporting tool, will download this soon, they were great.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
February 3rd 2011


8942 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

get it now

eternium
June 5th 2011


16340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just listened to the entire discography.

Jakob is one of the best post-rock bands period.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
June 5th 2011


19064 Comments


I've only heard this but it's awesome.



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