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Album review from ProgRadio

AI AJ
4

AI AJ

Andy Jackson

#711 UK

Andy Jackson’s fourth solo effort, “AI AJ,” continues his place in the upper echelons of modern psychedelic and space rock, a genre where he’s well-regarded due to his background with Pink Floyd. Across nine tracks and a runtime of just under an hour, Jackson takes listeners on diverse journey, sometimes experimental, but often melodic and accessible. His work, both as a musician and a producer, shines through in the album’s meticulous production. Notably, the availability of a Blu Ray disc with a high-resolution surround sound mix to elevate the listening experience, underscores Jackson’s commitment to sonic excellence.

Musically, “AI AJ” is a collection that blends the experimental essence of space rock with the grounded, melody-driven approach of psychedelic music. Tracks like “Dataset – Singularity” and “Pareidolia” showcase Jackson’s skill in crafting immersive soundscapes that are both accessible and deeply layered. This balance is perhaps the album’s greatest strength, offering something for both hard-core fans of the genre as well as the casual listener. This is a very “warm” album that is easy to listen to and absorb without putting you to sleep. 

Andy Jackson

For fans of artists such as Pink Floyd, Steven Wilson, and Radiohead, who are looking for a fresh yet familiar sound, “AI AJ” comes highly recommended. 

Lyrically and conceptually, the album is a reflection on the double-edged sword of technological advancement. Songs such as “I am but I am not” and “The lifting of the veil” explore themes of identity and reality in the digital age, inviting listeners to ponder the future of human interaction with AI. 

“AI AJ” is a compelling addition to Andy Jackson’s discography. It’s a well-crafted album that succeeds in engaging the listener both musically and intellectually. For fans of artists such as Pink Floyd, Steven Wilson, and Radiohead, who are looking for a fresh yet familiar sound, “AI AJ” comes highly recommended. 

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4 Stars

Kevin Carmony