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Jump - 2001 On Impulse

ALBUM: On Impulse
LABEL: Cyclops
YEAR: 2001


LINEUP: John Dexter Jones - vocals * Steve Hayes - electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin * Pete Davies - electric and acoustic guitars * Andy Faulkner - bass * Mo - keyboards * Andy Barker - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Millionaire * 02 Brave New World * 03 Love Song Number Five * 04 Bethesda * 05 Rise * 06 Right Winger * 07 Thom's New Clothes * 08 Like A Drum * 09 Wages Of Sin * 10 Doctor Spin * 11 Cruel To Be Kind


Jump are a band which will probably be unfamiliar to many of you out there. Despite a string of albums and hundreds of gigs under their collective belt, they've still not managed to achieve anything greater than cult status. Outside of the UK, I think it's probably fair to say that Jump are an unknown quantity.. Chances are, those of you who are familiar with the band would have discovered them through their association with Marillion. Mark Kelly produced the fourth Jump album, 'The Myth of Independence' and they've supported the Marillos and their ex-frontman and full-time Scotsman, Fish, a few times. It's for these reasons, I think, Jump have always been lumped in under the prog rock banner. That's a tad unfair, as Jump's music is influenced far more by classic rock, as it doesn't have the self-indulgences evident in a lot of prog. Anyway, enough of my digressions! What about 'On Impulse', Jump's eighth release'.

The Songs
The albums opening number, 'Millionaire', shows a great lyrical sharpness and wit, which I feel has always been one of frontman JDJ's greatest strengths. The song is concerned with the world's obsession with winning large sums of money (obviously inspired by the National Lottery and the very popular TV show 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire'') and how winning too much money is ridiculous. The lyrics tell the story of a man who'd love to have lots of money - he says that five zeros would be excellent but if he won a prize fund with six zeros - that's a million for those of you not doing the math - he'd give it all back! The acoustic 'Right Winger' is excellent, as is the albums closing track 'Cruel To Be Kind'.

In Summary
There are no outright duds here and JDJ proves himself to be a master storyteller (as always), but sadly, musically the material here does not have that exceptional quality I know the band are capable of producing. I have to say I am feeling a little let down. Jump's previous offering, 'Matthew', is far superior. If you've been recommended Jump in the past and are thinking of making a purchase, I suggest plumping for their excellent live release from 1999, 'The Freedom Train', as in my opinion it's the best thing they've released (so far). Now, there's a CD with a band going the full distance..

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