See Right Through You

by Jadis

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Latest studio album from UK band Jadis.

"You Wonder Why" kicks the album off in a blaze of melodic hooks and shimmering guitar/keyboard textures, as if announcing that Jadis is back. The song has an uplifting, joyous feel to it, with Chandler's warm, mid-range voice sounding like an old friend that you haven't heard from in a while. Certainly not the proggiest song on the album, but melodically strong and satisfying.

"Try My Behavior" features a chorus sung in a stabbing staccato style, and includes many of the familiar sonic hallmarks that Jadis fans love - the twisting turning rhythms, the well-shaded arrangements and, of course, the ever-colorful guitar work. I've always felt that it's Chandler's vast array of guitar sounds & tones (ranging from the headbanging, to the ethereal, to the majestic) that gives Jadis much of it's instantly-recognizable sound. I guess others have noticed, too, as he has often placed highly as "best guitarist" in the yearly readers polls of the Classic Rock Society.

"What If I Could Be There" is another track which is strong in hooks, melody & rhythm. It sticks in the brain long after the album has ended. I really love the wide pallet of new agey and electronica-style sounds that new keyboardist Arman Vardanyan brings to the table on this song, and to the album as a whole. By mostly staying clear of the popular 70's Moog and Hammmond-type sounds, Vardanyan has creates an intriguing, modern 'wall-of-sound' approach that stands in contrast to some of the more "retro" acts on the current prog scene.

"All Is Not Equal" is probably the most straight-forward song on the album, though an interesting chord sequence and an unexpected Rush-like guitar/bass riff (heard twice) keep the song with at least one toe in prog territory. "Learning Curve" is another track that would probably be pretty straight-forward in lesser hands, but the band keep things interesting with some good arranging, rhythmic variations, and a rare bit of acoustic guitar from Chandler - playing the solo no less! Chandler's rich vocals are also quite impressive on this one.

The next track, "More Than Ever", begins somewhat gently, with a resonant, emotional lead vocal sung over piano chords and soft drums...but then it soon explodes into some unexpectedly heavy guitar riffage, a jazz-fusion inflected solo from Vardanyan, and, finally, a climactic, majestic guitar melody that's guaranteed to get stuck in your head. This is one of my favorites from this album, if not one of my favorite Jadis songs, period.

Another favorite is the dynamic and theatrical instrumental "Nowhere Near the Truth". All four musicians get a workout on this one. Chandler's guitar leaps flawlessly between heavy and soft tones, there's a wonderfully atmospheric keyboard/drum section about a minute and a half in, and the rhythm section of Christey and Marlow hold all the twists and turns together perfectly. Actually, I've always felt that Steve Christey is vastly underrated among modern prog drummers. While he may not always be as 'busy' or in-your-face as some drummers, over the years I think he's created a recognizable style and sound - which is probably tougher to pull off. I love the way in which Christey intermingles natural, unadorned drum sounds with trippy electronic sounds and ambient effects - and his unique sound has never been more in evidence than it is on this newest album.

The album closes with the 8 minute title track, "See Right Through You". The opening strummed guitar chords actually sound quite reminiscent of a previous Jadis track ("All You've Ever Known" from "Photoplay"), But the song soon evolves into slower-tempoed rocker with a beefy rhythm guitar sound and slightly off-kilter drum pattern. An instrumental break in the middle provides a brief atmospheric detour, before leading into a killer Chandler guitar solo, and finally, back to the rockin' main chorus.

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released September 3, 2012

Gary Chandler - Guitar & Vocals
Stephen Christey - Drums
Andy Marlow - Bass
Arman Vandanyan - Keyboards

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Track Name: You Wonder Why
This valley pure and green helps to ease my own frustrations
a future clearly seen, I get a vision from my past
I taste the cooling water then shiver for my sins
I need to be connected to the space that I'm within

Time in years to come you wonder why this had begun
you wonder why

Self affection is not my main ideal I hide the truth for certain
some lies so easy to reveal looking in the mirror
for change I may find it can't be made much clearer
I became this over time

In years to come you wonder why this had begun
you wonder why you wonder why

make my own decisions account for all I learn
delay my own ascension with every corner that I turn
memories melt away I really dont remember
there are no words to say thats what happens

with time in years to come you wonder why
this had begun
please don't see us all the same please don't throw it all away


with time in years to come you wonder why this had begun
through out your life from then 'til now
you wonder why and question how

Written by Gary Chandler
P&C Jadismusic
Track Name: Try My Behaviour
Why can't I be me and you be you, why don't you believe this point of view
Why should I convey my own ideals, why do I just see intent revealed
There is only the right way to play this, there is only one way to say this
Why can't I still reap what I have sown, why don't you just keep to what you know
There is only the right way to play this, there is only one way to say this
Why can't I be me and you be you, why don't you believe this point of view
I wait for life to come back home to me
I want to see an end and not defend insanity
I know how we behave and how we rage eternally
I'm full of surprises

there is only the right way to play this,there is only one way to say this
why can't I be me and you be you,why don't you believe this point of view
Throughout the night, I slept clutching at anger, watching a friendship gather in the dust
I was clutching at anger, near or far and in this dimension
try and not to weep yourself until you sleep, someone will find you

Wherever you are, someone will find you, be it now then forever and a day, someone will find you
Throughout the night, clutching at anger, watching a friendship gather in the dust
I was clutching at anger

Written by Gary Chandler
P&C Jadismusic
Track Name: What If I Could Be There
Take your life along the open road, the choices and the chance to get things right
You'll never know when the path divides, which way to go who can decide
What if I could be there

Locked behind these walls, you feel confined using rays of sun to tell the time
Will this be your lucky day, is freedom still a world away
Using rays of sun to tell the time

What if I could be there watching every move when the raging turns to silence
Never sense the danger, at the point of no return, waiting for some guidance

As moonlight shines on everyone, whatever happened to that sense of fun
You want to ride upon this wave but can't remember who to save
Whatever happened to that sense of fun

What if I could be there, watching every move, when the raging turns to silence
Never sense the danger, at the point of no return, waiting for some guidance

This could be your kingdom if you try, division killed our friendship with one lie
It's nearly time to take your turn and slowly let the candle burn
This could be your kingdom if you try

What if I could be there, watching every move, when the raging turns to silence
Never sense the danger, at the point of no return, waiting for some guidance

Written by Gary Chandler
P&C Jadismusic
Track Name: More Than Ever
I try my best to understand , I can't find the words
Like draining blood from a stone, I struggle to be heard

Too many problems left to solve, that's more than ever
I give my best attempt to resolve more than ever

it seems I'm out of place, as if I've lost the way
And the lines that cover my face yearn for yesterday
one in a million make it through that's more than ever
if aspirations could come true more than ever

Written by Gary Chandler
P&C Jadismusic
Track Name: All Is Not Equal
What I want and what I get, far sides of a lifelong spectrum, it’s my regret
A war of words, at one with my argumenter, haven't you heard
There's no forgiving a true defector

It feels I'm alone whenever, I'm dropped down like a loaded feather
All of our lives are never equal, don't hang around for a better sequel
It feels I'm alone whenever, I'm dropped down like a loaded feather

It feels I’m alone whenever, I’m dropped down like a loaded feather
Make your bed you have to lay there, won't get out and have to stay here
It feels I'm alone whenever, I'm dropped down like a loaded feather
When you're up its pure elation, can't stay this way for all creation
A war of words, at one with my argumenter, haven't you heard
it's my regret

Written by Gary Chandler
P&C Jadismusic
Track Name: Nowhere Near The Truth
Instrumental

Written by Gary Chandler
P&C Jadismusic
Track Name: Learning Curve
All that shines will not be gold
and some of the news we read I'd rather not be told
Many stories left to hear
by the countless thousands stranded by their fear
As the hurt runs deeper, the learning curve gets steeper
You never know what you will find when you read about this life
Like the ground I stand on, the skin I lay my hands on
How will it change and move along how will it change from this day on

As the flame stops burning, the powers within stop learning
Spinning a tale that’s based on a lie, why do we let this happen
A state without reflection, shows its true intention
What will it take to put this right, how can we change from this day on


Written by Gary Chandler
P&C Jadismusic
Track Name: See Right Through You
As rain and showers fall I'll hypnotize you all
the tricks I play with sleight of hand don't compare with what I plan
intention and my goal is to view inside your soul
a gift straight from nature nothing seems greater
it's never gonna hurt you've seen it done before
if that's a problem just say
and now I feel I'm closing in those thoughts wont get away

I can see through you
I can see right through you

I see the future and I can read your mind
If thats a problem just say ,I can sense an apprehension
and you can't get away

I can see through you
I can see right through you
I can see through you
I can see right through you
Straight through you

Written by Gary Chandler
P&C Jadismusic
Track Name: I Just Let It Happen (Bonus Track - Jadis / Gary Chandler)
The mind is imploding my world is exploding
I just let it happen
I just let it happen
The change of the season gives me the reason
I just let it happen
I just let it happen
Sharing a likeness for spiritual kindness
I just let it happen
I just let it happen

Just make it happen
Help yourself nothing's going to change unless you try
If only you'd believe it
Sell yourself ignite the flame that flickers in your soul
no one's going to care unless you
Help yourself nothings going to change unless you try
If only you'd believe it
Sell yourself ignite the flame that flickers in your soul
erase the disillusion you have known.