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Jesu - Conqueror

You can't help but feel old when you make statements such as "music all sounds the same these days", yet there seems to be a real vacuum of originality in popular music right now. 'Conqueror', the second full length release from Jesu (aka. J.K. Broadrick) attempts to address this problem. While this album might not revolutionise music, it certainly puts a spark back into it.

The influences for this record are diverse. The wall of sound provided by guitars and synths are highly reminiscent of the sonic landscapes of My Bloody Valentine, while the cross between experimental instrumentals and introvert lyrics tie this record to the lighter side of Nine Inch Nails. On top of this, there's underlying melody and beauty in the vocals that seems like the familiar territory of Coldplay. Nothing about this mix of lowly vocals and crashing guitars is unequivocally original, yet what throwing these influences into a cauldron and letting them slowly simmer has achieved is a record that is refreshingly beautiful. Surprising for a man formerly associated with Napalm Death!

'Conqueror' is the epitome of calm. As a full length release of only 8 tracks, the songs are lengthy. Yet without the pressures of time, each song is like a journey that builds and ends at an even flow. As a result there are no standout tracks, but a continual wave of sound washing out of your stereo. Playing this record also has the effect of turning whatever dingy digs you're in into a full blown cathedral. Instruments rise and fall out of nowhere, echoing and rebounding throughout the songs. The effect is incredibly relaxing.

For all that is going on in the record however, there is an element of this album simply fading into the background. Yet this quality could easily see it used to great effect to soundtrack a film. However, if the time is taken to really listen to what is going on in this record, one would certainly commend the efforts Mr Broadrick has applied.

Elements of 'Conqueror' could be enjoyed by anyone, but particularly those who desire the delights of musical experimental ism with a modern edge. This is a haunting, soothing and warming record all at the same time. While it might not change the world, it certainly gives everyone else much to think about. Enjoy the experience. Jon Bye

Released 1 Jan 1970 // // Rating:

****

/5
Jesu - Conqueror

You can't help but feel old when you make statements such as "music all sounds the same these days", yet there seems to be a real vacuum of originality in popular music right now. 'Conqueror', the second full length release from Jesu (aka. J.K. Broadrick) attempts to address this problem. While this album might not revolutionise music, it certainly puts a spark back into it.

The influences for this record are diverse. The wall of sound provided by guitars and synths are highly reminiscent of the sonic landscapes of My Bloody Valentine, while the cross between experimental instrumentals and introvert lyrics tie this record to the lighter side of Nine Inch Nails. On top of this, there's underlying melody and beauty in the vocals that seems like the familiar territory of Coldplay. Nothing about this mix of lowly vocals and crashing guitars is unequivocally original, yet what throwing these influences into a cauldron and letting them slowly simmer has achieved is a record that is refreshingly beautiful. Surprising for a man formerly associated with Napalm Death!

'Conqueror' is the epitome of calm. As a full length release of only 8 tracks, the songs are lengthy. Yet without the pressures of time, each song is like a journey that builds and ends at an even flow. As a result there are no standout tracks, but a continual wave of sound washing out of your stereo. Playing this record also has the effect of turning whatever dingy digs you're in into a full blown cathedral. Instruments rise and fall out of nowhere, echoing and rebounding throughout the songs. The effect is incredibly relaxing.

For all that is going on in the record however, there is an element of this album simply fading into the background. Yet this quality could easily see it used to great effect to soundtrack a film. However, if the time is taken to really listen to what is going on in this record, one would certainly commend the efforts Mr Broadrick has applied.

Elements of 'Conqueror' could be enjoyed by anyone, but particularly those who desire the delights of musical experimental ism with a modern edge. This is a haunting, soothing and warming record all at the same time. While it might not change the world, it certainly gives everyone else much to think about. Enjoy the experience. Jon Bye