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Jono - 2013 Requiem

ALBUM: Requiem
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2013


LINEUP: Johan Norrby - vocals, keyboards * Stefan Helleblad - guitar * John Carlgren - keyboards * Janne Henriksson - bass * Nod Helle Berg - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Was The One * 02 Judgement Day * 03 Letting Go * 04 Nothing * 05 Symphony * 06 Best Thing * 07 Requiem * 08 Dead Or Alive * 09 Love Again



Jono is a Swedish outfit specialising in symphonic rock with a hint of the 70's era. The band name is the acronym for lead singer Johan Norrby, and along with his time-challenged band mates, serves up a welcome blend of symphonic pop rock, pomp and prog that will unite fans of Queen, Supertramp and perhaps even GDAZE favourites Aviary. First coming to our attention a few months back on our very own forum, it's easy to see how Jono can strike a chord with our readership, as these guys know how to infiltrate our aural senses as easy as the CIA doing a number on Syria! There are a few change-up moments too, so let's see what's on offer.

The Songs
Leading off with 'I Was The One', the staccato piano work evokes Queen, but is taken to a whole new level. The chorus is magical, soaring vocals wafting on the wind. Love it! Again, we've got piano taking us by the hand throughout 'Judgement Day'. Norrby really does know how to take a song by the scruff of the neck and wrap it up in a 70's flavoured bundle. 'Letting Go' sounds like an expression of freedom, but this meandering affair takes its time to make it out of the maze. I like the punchy arrangement found on 'Nothing', even the simplistic chorus 'nothing's gonna put us down' has its own redeeming feature. 'Symphony' is mostly a piano ballad that tries to live up to its songtitle but doesn't quite get there due to the subdued and placid nature of the song structure. 'Best Thing' breaks the cork out of the bottle with this bubbly pop-bound number, then it's onto the album title 'Requiem'; another slow-to-build track that takes awhile to gather steam. The regimented hand-claps add to the songs dark ambience, though by songs end Jono didn't even get out of first gear! 'Dead Or Alive' attempts to remedy that issue, a song that is probably the band's best sound. This is more like it! Pomp, art-rock, prog, syumphonic.. all combined together beautifully. 'Love Again' is the final track, a piano motif led piece, that moves into a jazz-club arrangement with percussive brushwork instead of snares, Jono last seen heading off into the sunset attired in their lounge club suits.

In Summary
Norrby certainly has his Freddie Mercury-isms well refined, though overall Jono take the Queen tribute in an alternative direction say to what blokes like Robby Valentine and Mika are doing. As a first outing, 'Requiem' shows a lot of promise, but they probably needed to swap a few of those piano/ballad tracks for something that is more energetic and attention seeking. Still, I like what I hear, and look forward to album #2 in twelve months time.

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#1 | gdazegod on September 05 2013 06:17:27
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