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Jess And The Ancient Ones – 'Vertigo' Album Review


I’m new to Jess and the Ancient Ones and I guess my first question is why? My initial playback of 'Vertigo' is a favourable one to say the least. 'Vertigo' has something of a timeless quality about it, that is to say it could have been recorded anytime from the mid sixties to now. I’m getting Jefferson Airship, PJ Harvey vibes going on, and the keyboards are straight out of The Doors.

The whole album reminds me of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and hey, that can only be a good thing right? In case you are still in any doubt Jess and the Ancient Ones would give any Prog Rock band a run for its money. “Love Zombi” is something of a personal favourite from this long player, although there is really not a duff track on the whole album. If this is what Finland has to offer by way of musicians then this could be the country to keep an ear on.

'Vertigo' is fast paced, never boring balls to the walls Psychedelic Rock, rooted in the sixties with a healthy dose of the modern world. As I type this “Born To Kill” has thrust itself forward demanding my attention, I can’t help worry about Jess’s voice as she lets rip! Several times during this review I have had to stop writing as 'Vertigo' has demanded I pay attention to it, I’ve lost the thread of my point and had to retype often.

It looks like I’m going to be delving into Jess and the Ancient Ones back catalogue in the not too distant future if 'Vertigo' is anything to go by. So, how to end such a wonderful album? Well these guys do it with the moody, sprawling 11 minutes and 35 second “Strange Earth Illusion”. Shades of Black Sabbath and Arthur Brown are woven into this epic track.

I guess what I’m saying is that 'Vertigo' by Jess and the Ancient Ones is a bloody great album and you should definitely buy it. I give it 5 stars.

Review - Andrew Forcer


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