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SOLITARILY SPEAKING OF THEORETICAL CONFINEMENT

Ron Jarzombek

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.87 | 11 ratings

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npjnpj
5 stars I can't believe that this album hasn't had a review yet.

I rank this album among the top recordings I possess. Anyone who knows Jarzombek's history with Watchtower and Spastic Ink already knows about his astounding ability on guitar, but amongst these, 'Solitarily Speaking.' ranks as his finest recording.

The reason is that the detrimental points concerning the above mentioned bands have been completely abolished here. I'm talking irritating vocals and sometimes inconsistent moods amongst the compositions, often leaving a disjointed impression. This album is the culmination of everything that went before.

What Jarzombek presents us with here is a recording with the highest (and fastest) guitar playing virtuosity (and I don't use this term lightly), combined with confounding metrics, but at the same time full of warmth, power and humour, all at the same time. And if that wasn't enough, he presents all this in an entirely instrumental album.

At times while listening to this, you can't help laughing with exhilaration, or at least sit there with a wide admiring grin on your face. This guy comes across with complete warmth in his compositions, which are unbelievably complex at the same time.

His two fellow musicians on bass and drums are well up to the challenge (both well-known and accomplished musicians), and support in such a way as to both underline and complement the 'songs' while leaving their personal detailed marks.

And about the humour: Look at the titles and note that they have all been translated into their musical counterparts.

I don't think I've ever come across a recording that is so complex and instantly accessible at the same time. By the way, this album is one continuous recording split into 45!! sections

If you give this a chance I think it deserves a place in the top 100 of all time. If you have the opportunity, please listen to this, you won't regret it.

npjnpj | 5/5 |

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