JASON BIELER

(UNITED STATES)

POSTCARDS FROM THE ASYLUM

(2023)
LABEL:

AUTRE LABEL

GENRE:

HARD ROCK

TAGS:
Fusion, Psychedelic
"By trying too hard to surprise the listener, Jason Bieler once again misses the point with "Postcards From The Asylum"."
NEWF (14.09.2023)  
2/5
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We see this in the many interviews we publish every year. Many artists agree that they don't make music to please the public, but to satisfy their creative urges first and foremost. Well, this assertion fits Jason Bieler perfectly, and two years after "Songs For The Apocalypse", he's back with a new musical mess on which it's hard to make up one's mind. And even if "Postcards From The Asylum" is on the whole better than its predecessor, it remains a more or less inspired collage of songs with diverse influences and no real common thread, other than giving free rein to the tortured inspiration of its creator.

"Postcards From The Asylum" gets off to a pretty good start, with three catchy metal tracks featuring heartfelt riffs and infectious energy ('Bombay', 'Numb', 'Heathens'). Alas, all is soon spoiled by 'Mexico', worthy of Bon Jovi's cheesy ballads. From then on, the listener is taken on an interminable 75-minute journey, punctuated by tracks alternating between tasteless pop rock ('The Depths', '9981 Dark', 'Deep Blue'), Beatles and Beach Boys covers-like ('Beneath The Waves', 9981 Dark') and unbearable Mr Bungle-style delirium ('Flying Monkeys', 'Sic Riff'), the main problem being that these tracks never really take off, distilling boredom like a bottomless pit.

All the faults of the first album are reproduced on the second, first and foremost a poorly mastered eclecticism coupled with a flagrant lack of musical ambition. Some would argue that Jason Bieler is unrivalled at injecting humour and irony into his music, and that his main aim is to have fun with his numerous guests (Marco Minnemann being the most prestigious here). The trouble is, in trying too hard to be original and surprise the listener, he completely misses the point, like a comedian who's the only one laughing at his jokes.
- Official website
SIMILAR BANDS:
DEVIN TOWNSEND, GHOST

TRACK LISTING:
01. Bombay
02. Numb
03. Heathens
04. Mexico
05. Birds Of prey
06. Flying Monkeys
07. Sic Riff
08. The Depths
09. Beneath The Waves
10. Sweet Eliza
11. 9981 Darkness
12. Feels Just Like Love
13. Bear Sedatives
14. Deep Blue
15. Human Head

LINEUP:
Jason Bieler: Chant / Guitares
Ambly Dwadston: Basse / Invité
Andee Blacksugar: Guitares / Invité
Baklava Jones: Batterie / Invité
Chris Mclernon: Basse / Invité
Edu Cominato: Batterie / Invité
Larimount Dundlesmith: Basse / Invité
Marco Minneman: Batterie / Invité
Raritan Normals: Basse / Invité
Ricky Sanders: Batterie / Invité
Roald Downhill Jr.: Basse / Invité
Ryo Okumoto: Claviers / Invité / Piano
Stilton Shoebaggies: Basse / Invité
Stralinksi Waka-waka: Basse / Invité
The Bard Of Emmentaler: Batterie / Invité
Todd “dammit” Kerns: Basse / Invité
Wimsby Chimes: Basse / Invité
Wormbsy Troutlick: Invité / Cuivres
   
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CGLAUME
30/09/2023
 
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Oui, cet album est super éclectique. C'est un des aspects qui fait son charme. Mais au lieu d'être un bordel hétérogène, comme le dit cette chronique, c'est un superbe bouquet bigarré et cohérent, cette cohérence venant de la patte inimitable de l'artiste, et d'un don insolent pour les mélodies qui tuent et les refrains accrocheurs.
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