Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Jellyfish: Spilt Milk (Day 10 of Album: 365 Mkll)


(Connection to previous album: Jack Joseph Puig recorded some of the Toto album and engineered and co-produced Spilt Milk) 

I knew of this band but never really gave them a chance back when this came out in 1993.  I admit I was too pretentious with metal/progressive music/Zappa/jazz/fusion during that time.  I wasn't watching MTV (I don't think we had it until a year later). I missed Jellyfish completely.  

During Covid lockdown, I had a lot of free time and started to explore bands that my musician heroes were into.  Mike Portnoy (drummer) always said he loved this band.  He was doing a YouTube  video cast of the top 10 power pop albums with a few other guys.  This album was a unanimous pick for everybody.  I decided to listen to it.  It blew me the fuck away.  I mean, like being a kid again and hearing Rush, Zappa or Van Halen for the first time. It was an experience you have about 5 or 6 times in your life when it comes to bands.  I couldn't get enough.  The band broke up before 1995 so there were only 2 studio albums and some demo compilations.  However, there were dozens of hours of live video and interviews on YT that I gorged on late at night.  I can honestly say that aside from my dog Spageddy Lee, this band and particularly this album was the best thing that happened to me since Covid.  Even today, after probably the 500th listen, it still brings me joy and a smile.  Beatles, meets Beach Boys meets Supertramp meets Queen.  Great songs, great 4 PART vocal harmonies.  It will be the favorite album of this Album:365 adventure.  

Songs: 5.0 Ds

Performance: 5.0 Ds

Influence: 4.5 Ds

Overall: 5.0 Ds

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