Jennyanykind - Revelator
As far as I know, the main concept and challenge to hang gliding is to keep yourself flying
throughout the sky without ever having to land and take-off all over again. I've never done it
myself, but that seems to be the general idea. It seems logical that most hang gliders would
rather continue floating and sailing into the atmosphere instead of undergoing several frustrating
re-starts off the same old plateau.
REVELATER, the 1996 release by JENNYANYKIND directs the wind gust into the wings and
carries you off on an energetic ride into the clouds. They get off to a furious running start with
the very first song, "Repent In Time". From the beginning of the track, a blend of piano and bass
guitar creates a runaway/rambling rock sound that persists and delights for the entire album. The
fourth song "When the Sun Shines Down On the Average" exemplifies the attractive rhythm guitar that
will bring an exploratoraly fresh yet familiar sound to the mix.
JENNYANYKIND creates a folksy bluegrass type of rock that makes you feel right at home.
The more you listen to the vocals of Michael Holland, the more sure you are of his absolute
idolization of Bob Dylan. The fantastic third song on REVELATER, "You Better Get Right With God"
sounds like a direct combination of "Maggie's Farm" and "Bob Dylan's 115th Dream", both off Dylan's
1965 album "Bringing It All Back Home". JENNYANYKIND by no means pulls it off with as much success
as Dylan, but they've still made some damn good songs. They give the impression that they could
have written the Beatles' 1969 jaw-dropping Abbey Road hit "Come Together", if only the band were a
bit edgier, a little less self-conscious, and the song hadn't been recorded some twenty years
Objectors will complain about the band's frequent allusion to religion (refer to song
titles), but for the most part it goes by seriously unnoticed, and should not deter anyone from
taking a listen. The band has said publicly that it wasn't a theme or a focus, and that it only
plays a role in the album because it plays a role everyday life. As a practicer of no mainstream
religion whatsoever, I have in the past been put off by excessive preaching or value judging in the
music industry, but this album does none of either. When you listen to a person speak on a random
subject, you more often than not also receive a projection of how their religion effects that view,
and JENNYANYKIND does a wonderful job of stating that without any visible discrimination or
favoring towards anyone.
REVELATER's strength lies in the fact that it really has no bad songs that force you to
land the plane, and it does contain several outstanding songs to keep you soaring. That's really
all you can hope for when listening to an album anyway. Other highlights include track 7's "The
Great Deceiver", track 9's "Day of the Dead", and track 11's "Every Executioner Has A Song". Track
5's stupendous and catchy "Revelater" will leave you thankfully humming for weeks.
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