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The Jim Best Project
Never Keep
Type: CD
Company: Independent
Release: 2004
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: Frank Hill
Published: 2/27/2005
Listenable, but probably too abstruse for the average rocker
The title being a play on words ("never keep" your adventures to yourself) and the name of a mythical, fantasy place, TJBP pays homage to the joys of stories and storytelling with 10 songs of folk-inspired hard rock. This style of incorporating pre-classical melodies into metal always leaves me thinking of travelling minstrels prancing about through the woods with tales to tell, so it's hard to just feel the sense of rebellion and nastiness that you expect with guitar rock. I feel like I should sit cross-legged in a field, swaying back and forth with a bunch of naturalists drinking Camomile while this is playing.

TJPB is Wisconsin, USA, native Jim Best along with other talented locals and it's produced well for an indy musician mixing up some 70's electric guitar with acoustic playing. Each song is nicely crafted with my preference the Celtic flavors of "I Spotted A Leprechaun" and "The Shannon Mermaid". Other numbers like "Noah's Ark" are way to far on the kiddy show sound for me to take. Reminds me of the hipster folk that would come to our High School to do Arlo Guthrie numbers. The rest of the numbers are listenable, but, again probably too abstruse for the average rocker.

Fans of the progressive Jethro Tull and the more esoteric works from Rainbow and Rush may find this a reasonable listen. May also be for fans of Blackmore's Night and readers of later Sandman comics.

The Jim Best Project is:
Jim Best - vocals
Dawn Jones - vocals
Mike Weise - guitars
Tom malta - bass
Andy Lomax - drums
About this Writer:
Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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