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Al Di Meola


Jazz Rock/Fusion

2.95 | 83 ratings

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2 stars This is an album capable of inducing a searing headache as the listener tries to come to terms with the

Al Di Meola's style is unique: like the vocals on Jon Anderson, you either love it hate or ignore it. The playing is extremely fast and accomplished. It just seems to lack any soul.

the opener Alien Chase On Arabian Desert is meant to be a classic. Jazz, Rock Drums, driving beat. This just comes nowhere near the mark for me. Much better wait for the advent of Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Ed Wynne. The playing all seems too sterile; too Tony McAlpine.

Having said that there are moments which buck the trend. There is the pleasant Camberwick Green song: Bianca`s Midnight Lullaby. Isfahan has many pleasant interludes but I wish someone had just flicked the mute switch in the recording booth while smiling at Di Meola and giving him a big thumbs up saying: yeah keep on going Al another 5 more minutes of self-indulgence would be great, while taking orders for coffee and donuts and listening to Elegant Gypsy.

Technically superb, soulless, and sterile - collectors and fans only.

obiter | 2/5 |


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