The Beatles made their best music during the “drug” years. Don’t deny it. The spacious, circus style was so deep, strange and magical it had its own Mystery Tour.
Now imagine for a moment they were, at this point in their career, in the studio with Jeff Lynne and Syd Barrett during the “Bike” years. The sound would blow your mind. It would be so incomprehensibly awesome your brain would turn to mush.
Calm down, I’m not saying Jack Dump is Barrett, Lynne or Ringo, but what I am saying is that Rainbow Jackson Part II: Jack Dump’s Awareness Hour is quite possibly the most mind expansive, Technicolor inducing blend of psyche altering filthy, synth covered, rambling bliss I would have never thought, in a million years I’d catch myself calling pure enjoyment.
The often saturated, digitalized, explosion that backs Jack Dump’s songs ventures in the 8-bit, as seen in “Tenth-Dimensional Paul McCartney,” on occasion but sticks primarily with the modern electronic vibes laced with haunting erratic behaviors that would have psychologist lining up to advise against listening to this sound. I, since Greendale Community College has yet to get back to me, am not a psychologist and as such I will gladly recommend Rainbow Jackson Part II: Jack Dump’s Awareness Hour to anyone who has a few energy drinks and an hour to spare.
As if taking aim and any and everything, then pulling the trigger, Rainbow Jackson Part II reaches an array of style and sound in its own Mystery Tour. All things considered, Jack Dump snags hold of a formula that works without explanation. It will be repelled by the mainstream for the same oddities and uncertainties that made Zappa so loved; but for a certain group, it will live. Dark, sometimes humorous lyrics carry the whimsical, sporadic synth heavy sound through all thirty tracks; equaling, oddly enough, exactly one hour. From the Jeff Lynne-esc “I Don’t Have To Know” to the fascinating remake of Ritchie’s “Hello” sans blind love story, to the distorted heavy hand in “Young People” the album covers a vast range of sound and takes a very large risk.
Does it succeed?
Well, like looking into a Magic Eye picture, you’ll have to see for yourself. Don’t accept that everyone tells you it’s a sailboat. Find it for yourself.