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The Audio Guide to Happiness (Part 2)
Style: Progressive Rock
Release date: 1 March, 2013
Playing time: 56:12

"The incredible Jolly presents The Audio Guide to Happiness, Disc two of two" is the complete title of the second part of Jolly's sonic journey into the stratosphere. The American band that broke into the scene with their impressive debut album "Forty-Six Minutes Twelve Seconds of Music" in 2009, and made a big stir with the first part, in 2011, of their two part epos is ready to unleash their sonic bombardment unto the progressive community.

The four master's of the trade: Anadale (guitars, vocals), Joe Reilly (keyboards), Anthony Rondinone (bass) and Louis Abramson (drums) have been able to crave their own little niche and they simply lay layer after layer on the already impressive foundations with this new masterpiece. They are expanding their unique sound universe on this album coming across a bit harder and more aggressive than on the first part without ever sacrificing their trademarks.

I had very high expectations for the second part, because part one hit me solar plexus, and they have not let me down in any way. Their style and sound universe has simply been expanded and grown even further, and I am sure every Jolly fan will love this album as much as the first part, once they've taken it all in...

The band that promotes "Headphones required" with the use of binaural tones has made another astonishing and breathtaking album that I will continue to listen to over and over and still discover bits and pieces of brilliance because this is a thinking-man's album, one you will continues to go back to and an album that will forever be a challenge for the listener!

Jolly loves you, and we love Jolly... I am happy now!

01. Guidance Three
02. Firewell
03. You Against the World
04. Aqualand and the 7 Suns
05. Dust Nation Bleak
06. Golden Divide

Guidance Four
08. Lucky
09. While We Slept in the Burning Shades
10. Despite the Shell
11. As Heard on Tape
11. The Grand Utopia
Label: InsideOut Music
Distribution: EMI (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: 23 February, 2013
Website: www.jollyband.com