If power is what you need and adrenaline is what you want, here’s a perfect band to help you spend it and get it in seconds.
Just A Machine by the Italians Piqued Jacks is an album that crosses border to border. It is heavy and catchy, violent but quiet at the same time. “Welcome to the Future” contains excellent bass lines that are felt throughout the song, guitar riffs that will catch your attention immediately, and a high-pitched voice that manages to fit the song.
“Blackie” has some serious Red Hot Chilli Peppers vibe in it, where all the instruments are sped up to greatness.
“Youphoric?!” and “Amusement Park” follow the same line, and thus we see a little of the influence of the band. This time, we find a little more funk, which reminds us of artists like Jamiroquai. The simple guitar riffs and bass lines along with the voices are the stars of the show.
Now, “My Kite” is completely different from what we have been hearing so far. A new instrument, the piano, gives an epic feel to the song and makes it beautiful. The shrill voice disappears and we find something sexier, a whisper that captures you from the beginning. Gradually, the song turns on, and we find something really All American Reject (“Move Along”).
In the end we find “Tourist of an Apocalypse,” where almost everything we’ve been hearing mixes to give us something more along the lines of Incubus, again a good danceable and catchy rock track combined with several elements of funk and pop to give us something fun and entertaining.
In conclusion, this is an album worth listening to. It has its charm that makes you fall in love right when you press the “play” button.
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Review by RJ Frometa
Edited by Marion Lougheed