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CD REVIEW: LIONIZE – Jetpack Soundtrack

| 13 March 2014 | Reply


Label: Weathermaker Music

Release Date: February 18, 2014

Rating: 8/10

Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur

Some discs just take time to grow on me.  It’s not to say the disc is good or bad, just that it takes me a little while to develop a taste for certain discs.  The latest from Lionize falls into that category.  After an fusion style introduction, we are tossed headfirst into the disc with “Breather.”  This track, much like the rest of the songs presented have a unique sound that is accentuated by the use of organ and a funky bass line.  On “Electric Reckoning,” the use of keyboards and a lighter touch to the guitars gives this jazz-infused track a kick in the ass.  This song also mixes up different vibes with the use of different style vocals.  Cool guitar riffs introduce “Replace By Machines,” while the bass, drums, and keyboards keep the song moving with a fusion tone that contrasts to the heavier riffs during the chorus.  “Amazing Science Facts” and “Sea Of Tranquility” are all fusion with a bit of rock rolled in for flavor.  These tracks seem to tie all of the different textures and vibes of the disc together in neat little packages.  The latter even has a hybrid feel to it that takes the song in a different direction while remaining true to the sound of the band and the disc as a whole.

“Skynet” has a very cool rock feel that has hints of jazz, but this comes off as a great rocker that gives you the attitude embedded in the vocals, while the drums and bass keep everything in check.  “Evolve” has the same fusion feel as the rest of the disc, but the bass and drums seems a little heavier in spots giving this a harder edge and feel.  The title track, “Jetpack Soundtrack,” has a different feel to it, as it seems to move at a faster pace than other songs here, while giving an injection of energy to the chorus.  “Reality Check” is a solid rocker that gives plenty of face time to the keyboards, but keeps its rock roots firmly planted from the opening note.  The chorus is huge and the layered vocals give the song a little depth.  The same can be said about “Lazarus Style,” with the later using a strong vocal instead of layered background vocals.  The drums stand out and keep this song moving along, even when the energy level gets dialed up a bit.

Lionize may not be for everyone, but ‘Jetpack Soundtrack’ is going to be everything to those who are looking for quality fusion rock.

Category: CD Reviews

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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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