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Juice Oh Yeah — Juice Oh Yeah
(Addicted Label BNiL 741, 2020, CD / DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2020-09-13

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After seven years, the Saint Petersburgh duo Juice Oh Yeah are back with their second album, Juice Oh Yeah. I would normally question whether the music produced by a drummer and a bassist is even worth my attention, but I would be very wrong with Juice Oh Yeah. Their new album is excellent, with nary a dull moment. Fretless bassist Boris Shulman and drummer Sviatoslav Lobanov in fact also play Fender Rhodes, Korg ms20, guzheng, 12 string guitar, banjo, etc. with the help of Danila Danilov, Petr Muzliaev, and Alexey Uvarov. The album opens “Rels,” a hard headbanging riff with a heavy Krautrock groove. Next is the calm and melodic “Dnaa,” that picks up momentum for a trippy climax with odd backwards sounds and distorted speeds. Their magnum opus, “Mane,” clocks in at 12 minutes and slowly grows on you with its Mid-Eastern themes and wordless singing that morphs into a psych rock dirge jam. “Poleno” follows with wailing falsetto vocals that soar into the stratosphere to accompany the trippy hard psych riffing. The album closes with “Vnyz,” another heavy prog / psych jam that alternates with serene moments and majestic symphonic passages, making me think of The Who and Tommy, HP Lovecraft, and even the Nazz. Juice Oh Yeah is a surprising little jem from Russia that is well worth your attention.

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