Written by: Haylee Roebuck
Texan rockers Jibe are back after 11 years with their new album Epic Tales of Human Nature, and the band are definitely back with a bang. Not only have they released new music, but they are also working on a documentary about their history and how their reunion unfolded.
“Children of The Sun” kick starts Epic Tales of Human Nature with a fast-paced tempo and crashing drums. The spiritual aura shines through as bright as the sun. Soaring guitars and psychedelic notions dance and unravel around the heavy rock foundation, as this song leaves a world of intrigue in its wake. “Broken City” wades in hard, as it punches you straight in the face with absolute force. There is no sign of this city slowing down any time soon.It’s a track full of strength and an infectious nature which holds you tight.
“The Human Condition” is a funky and tantalizing number which seductively rises through your veins and leaves you drunk with utter desire. “Release” is very much a grunge inspired track. The moment the lyrics kick in I hear Layne Staley for a split second and my heart skips a beat. It evokes so many emotions as it bleeds through and shows off a different nature. A very meaty & hypnotic track which screams the 90’s and makes you want to relive the era over and over.
“Girl on A Hill” oozes an alternative love story, death and the feeling of loneliness blurred over heavy rock tones. An absolute anthem, which you will be drawn to immediately. “A Shadow in The Garden” is a beautifully stunning and striking interlude. It calms the mind before “Change,” a powerful stand-out track about love and addiction. It evokes feelings of not being able to live without and longing for a certain someone.
“We’ve Only Just Begun” is raw, dark, and laid bare for all to see. The track opens your soul, leaving you vulnerable and with the feeling of losing control. “Don’t Give It All Away” makes you want to fight for something, even beg. Guitars rain out as all the emotions take over.
“Waiting” is a stripped back, raw and lyrical affair. It’s simplistic, yet stunning, and it evokes the feelings of waiting for the one person, who means so much to you although they are never there. The phone never rings, yet you hold on to the glimpse of hope in your heart. “Best I Ever Had” details the urgency to express yourself, as your conscience screams out. Vocals stand prominent, as they pull at the heart strings. Guitars rip through pulling each layer apart straight into “Sanctuary.” Piano keys fade in with beauty, peace and tranquility, enabling you to clear your mind and slow things down.
“Bravery” brings the album to its close, and boy, they know how to finish on a high. Strength, courage, and positivity leave their lasting impression through this track.
The album tells a beautiful story about fighting through thick and thin, yet you feel as though what you’ve done is still not good enough. The relations unravel and crack beyond repair, but you can still move on knowing that you gave it your all.
Jibe has given a stomper of a comeback album, full of bite and plenty of attitude to last a lifetime, as you feel each emotion and let it embed under your skin forever.