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Stick Men


Eclectic Prog

3.76 | 103 ratings

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3 stars The Fire stick

This is one of the highlights here: an adaptation in about 15 minutes long, to the Firebird suite by Stravinsky, performed by two chapman sticks, drums and various percussion and effects, not neglecting any nuance from the original composition, captures the spirit, and yet really rocks.

The main benefit of this album is the opportunity to get to know the Chapman Stick (for me this is an unknown, yet-to-discover era), performed by two wizards. Levin covers the bass and the middle range, while Brenier contribute a bowed style. Yes it's the instrument that doesn't sound like a bass, sound different from electric guitar, yet performed both ranges and styles. Mastelotto backs up with drumming, percussion and effects.

Other highlights here are 'Hands', a true progressive epic, and not among of the simplified ones. It holds curved, intricate stick lines that burst into a rocking section and ponding drums, middle song section and dramatic end. And 'Super collider' is just brilliant with the bass riff, amusing rap style vocals and lyrics, and ever changing rhythm and effects.

Another track I liked is 'Sasquatch', in a KC-80-minimalistic style. The Other tracks are quite enjoyable, but failed to impress me as compositions in the high level of those who mentioned above. And it detracts from the whole album treatment. So my final rating is 3 stars for this effort. Anyway, very enjoyable stick work from the masters, with some strong compositions.

ShW1 | 3/5 |


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