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Josephina Review

by Jo-Ann Greene

After a unsuccessful stint working with producer Paul Fox, GLJ called back in Peter Walsh to help rescue their album Heavenly Bodies. The Josephina EP was a four song taster for that forthcoming full length, and proved, after many obstacles, the band were now back on course. The title track is classic Jezzies, and a link back to their early days, with a hint of magic in the melody, accented by James Hallawell's keyboards. The intro seeps through darkness, all misty atmosphere and haunting riff, before bursting into the sunlight with a sonic roar, then stepping back into dappled shadows. This song harkens back to the days of Discovery, when the group expertly mixed pop/rock with ethereal goth to create a rich blend of dark and light. The extended version spins the guitars directly into the spotlight, further accentuating the dichotomy between the haunting riffs and melody and the sonic bursts of sizzling guitar leads. "Life Without Love" is the obvious successor to "Suspicion" with its pounding rhythms and searing guitars. In contrast is the sparsely delicate "Tomorrow's Colours," featuring Jay Aston accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. It's melancholy mood and melody would inspire the Bodies' track "Any Anxious Colour," albeit with new lyrics. Unbeknownst to the band, this would be GLJ's final single, and is a fitting tribute to the days when they ruled college radio.