The Samuel Jackson Five
The Samuel Jackson Five


3.5
great

Review

by Sobhi Youssef EMERITUS
May 5th, 2012 | 29 replies | 8,656 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The group is at a crux in their career where they must choose a direction and run with it.

The Samuel Jackson Five is a fairly modern interpretation of neo-progressive rock that forgoes extreme complexity for melodic and compositional pursuits. But while the group's self-titled fourth studio LP aims to expand their sonic palette, it misses the fundamental creative blocks upon which they are built. Spotify preview "Ten Crept In" did well to prepare fans for SJ5's attempted entry into the vocal arena; after an immediate shock at the existence of said vocals it becomes apparent they are treated as yet another instrumental layer in this scenario. The record proper uses vocals much less than anticipated based on this preview, but does an excellent job in crafting meaningful voice-driven prog-rock. "Electric Crayons" is a perfect rendition of this new incarnation, forging heartfelt, oft-falsetto melodies and epic choruses. Where SJ5 falters, however, is what seems to be a missing link between itself previous offerings. While driven and melodic, tracks like "Never Ending Now" and "Race To The Self-Destruct Button" tend to omit the creative usage of dynamics and tempo the band emphasized on Goodbye Melody Mountain and Easily Misunderstood. The real perplexity here is why the tracks with vocals lack this flaw. It almost seems as if a majority of the compositions here were made with vocals in mind, but they were removed prior to recording. Fans of prior releases will find respite in "Mockba" and "And Then We Met The Locals", the latter a more progressive rendition of their sound highlighted by a blisteringly noisy sax solo at the tracks climax. "The Samuel Jackson Five" is an enjoyable yet inconsistent effort, finding the group at a crux in their career where they must choose a direction and run with it.



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Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 5th 2012



10585 Comments


I forgot that this band existed until someone asked me if I had heard it. Spot on, I agree completely.

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Wolfhorde
May 5th 2012



12070 Comments


lol this name, I gotta check this out later.

dylanjones42
May 5th 2012



179 Comments


I have to listen to this purely for the name haha.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
May 5th 2012



4939 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Check out Easily Misunderstood or Melody Mountain instead of this.

Wrote this review twice, first time it didn't save :[

Maniac!
May 5th 2012



26246 Comments


best band name ever

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2012



2714 Comments


That's a very long sentence...

kingsoby1
Emeritus
May 5th 2012



4939 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

which one

Wolfhorde
May 5th 2012



12070 Comments


He's saying that this seems more like a kafkaesque sentence than anything structured. (no paragraphs)

kingsoby1
Emeritus
May 5th 2012



4939 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh well. So anyway, this album.

fulgrim
May 5th 2012



1542 Comments


quite enjoyed Easily Misunderstood, will have to check this out.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2012



17197 Comments


who do they think they are with that album cover? ELO?

Ire
May 5th 2012



41747 Comments


i was just thinking the same thing

Beauville88
May 5th 2012



216 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Wow, this came out of nowhere.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
May 5th 2012



4939 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i saw the cover and i was like sweet spaceships but then i listened to it and it sounds nothing like spaceships

deathofasalesman
May 5th 2012



5810 Comments


Wow, this came out of nowhere.

Real talk.

DeathsThread
May 6th 2012



213 Comments


i thought this was going to be jackson 5 covers with Samuel L. Jackson impressions

bogert
May 6th 2012



17 Comments


i was just thinking the same thing

Arucard
May 6th 2012



575 Comments


This is sick. Checked it out because of the album art, really cool album. Not my usual taste at all either.

Good review!

HenchmanOfSanta
May 6th 2012



1852 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is really cool and smooth. Not as good as Easily Misunderstood but I dig it.

Imperial
May 6th 2012



1721 Comments


Tremulous Silence is really good.



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