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SITUATION DANGEROUS

Bozzio Levin Stevens

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.74 | 79 ratings

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aapatsos
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4 stars The situation is.hmm.is very dangerous

The album kicks off with these few words and continues with an adventurous driving guitar riff that throws you abruptly into what is going to follow. The second attempt by the trio Bozzio_Levin_Stevens seems to be a more 'mature' one. What I mean by this is that the pieces of music actually sound more solid, with 'proper' structure, and not just a result of jamming. This latter normally happens when skilled musicians like these combine and reveal all their inner desires through projects that usually end up in 'pointless' show offs. However, this, ladies and gentlemen, is not the case in this particular album.

Eight beautiful pieces of music, well thought, well processed and well presented. The album is balancing between jazz rock/fusion, some flamenco, and heavier hard-rocking (even metal) guitar tunes. I was particularly impressed by the ideas of Steve Stevens, while guitars represent the majority in the sound of the album. The opening riff is a great example of the level of musicianship throughout the record. Energetic hard-rocking riffs build upon the ultimate fusion rhythm section of Bozzio and Levin, and the first three tracks follow this motif with great success, with Endless being the longest one and more experimental.

Flamenco has always been Stevens' favourite and he makes sure that the listeners will enjoy it in its entirety through Spiral and Tziganne. These two are, not coincidently, the highlights of the album. Personally, it has been quite a time since I was introduced to such enchanting pieces of acoustic/classical guitars, and from my limited knowledge, the sound is highly influenced by John McLaughlin and Al Di Meola. The rest three tracks are based in a more melodic fusion rock background with some exciting and unexpected breaks by Bozzio, while Levin, with his 'filling' chords, provides a safe keystone for the other two to improvise and show their talent.

This is one of the few really great instrumental albums that I am familiar with. Tiny flaws on this one.almost a masterpiece and, without doubt, recommended to fans of fusion, prog-rock and metal.

aapatsos | 4/5 |

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