Jupiter's Child

Sky's the Limit

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Returning with tighter songs and better production, Jupiter's Child's Sky's the Limit is a satisfying sophomore effort. Tempering their loose, psychedelic jam band rock with a concrete song structure, the band's writing has improved dramatically since 2001's Chicago Stomp! Their new approach makes tracks like "Can't Ask for More" and "Anytime" effective as actual songs, not just extended improvisations. The album also incorporates elements of funk, '80s alternative rock, and country at various moments, which helps the individual tracks stand apart from one another. Their attempts at rap-rock are less successful; mostly because keyboardist Justin Roman has little to surround his rhymes beyond a Casio beat and the occasional guitar solo, but partially because Roman is not a very original MC. A poorly recorded live cover of "Sweet Home, Chicago" is a throwback to the spotty sound of their debut, but thankfully, Jupiter's Child has otherwise improved their approach to production. The songs are mixed better and aren't hindered by obnoxious tape hiss, giving the music a depth that their previous "live in the studio" approach was sorely lacking. Sky's the Limit is an impressive second album, moving away from the indistinct blues-rock and subpar production of their debut and crafting focused, entertaining jam band rock.

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