Lance Monthly ("Bananas Foster" review 2010)

By the time the Jigsaw Seen came together in the waning days of the eighties, the members of the Los Angeles band had already sharpened their skills to great effects in noted acts like the United States of Existence, the Playground and Revolver. Now here it is twenty years later, and the band continues to craft exceptional music. Although the Jigsaw Seen shares an intimate relationship with the underground retro rock crowd, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that, the group is actually too polished and progressive to be classified as such.

Spinning, swirling and twirling with exciting movements, “Bananas Foster” transports the Jigsaw Seen’s grand ambitions to a whole new dimension. Layers of electrifying harmonies intertwined with intricate arrangements, dazzling designs and unusual melodies inhabit the material. Each number on the disc emits its own aura, so there are no repeat performances or any hint of repetition at all on the disc. From the haunting baroque tones of “Melancholy Morning” to the toxic tremors of “Where The Action Isn’t,” the album produces one surprise after another. Esoteric lyrics also account for plenty of interesting moments. Sweeping organ fills, along with mandolins and trumpets further create happening scenarios. Reference points include the Beach Boys and the Bee Gees at their most experimental, as well as Procol Harum, Queen and assorted obscure British sixties psychedelic groups. A mind-boggling mix of dark and light, “Bananas Foster” is a powerful piece of work from a band that’s not afraid to take risks and clearly has fun doing so.