Jambrains is a one-man band hailing from Sweden. The band is driven by the sole, multi-instrumental talent and songwriter named Johan Alm. Arguably, his most prominent talent is his songwriting. This album, 900 Days, was released exactly 900 days after the first Jambrains track came to life, and therefore we’re seeing a somewhat matured yet still fresh sound.
The album starts out with a track called “Yours For The Taking.” The name of the track says a lot, and I think properly sets the tone for the type of songwriting and music we are about to hear. The track starts out with a very nice, clean, classic rock guitar sound. The drum and bass join in soon after with that same classic rock sound, something that stays consistent throughout the album.
Right at the beginning of the track there is also a feature of an awesome guitar solo, which is a perfect reflection of the talented guitarist that wows us throughout the album. Lots of talent there. The vocals, though, are not the biggest highlight. They do need some work, as they are somewhat monotone and don’t perfectly keep up with the pace of the instruments. Regardless, the amazing guitar sounds keep this album well alive.
The majority of the album has the same classic rock sound and vibe. The song, “Cries of Angles” for example have that one-two rock n' roll style that’s pretty fun to listen to. The lyrics though are the most powerful and central part of the album, arguably. The brains behind Jambrains obviously uses his music as a communication medium and as a way to express his experiences and feelings. It’s personal and fun, and always accompanied by an amazing guitar.
The album does have a change in pace though with the track “The Harder We Hit.” We are hit with a acoustic classic rock ballad type of song, and a nice change. The lyrics are definitely the central piece again, and the acoustic sound gives them a perfect chill background. This track is calm and has an excellent guitar melody; it’s complex and beautiful. The writing abilities are very high-skilled, and accompanied by a great guitar melody.
900 Days is a fun listen, especially if you are a fan of classic rock. The vocals do need some work and are not fully matured; they somewhat bring down the energy of the album. At the same time, the lyricism and amazing guitar skills make this a complex and great album. Those are definitely the best two things about the album and Jambrains.
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