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Jordan Rudess


Crossover Prog

3.19 | 42 ratings

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Marty McFly
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2 stars ""[b]Jordan Rudess biography[/b] Jordan Rudess is a classically trained keyboardist""

States his bio. I'm sure you would nod to this fact after listening this album. I saw him on Score dvd. His fingers are quick like running spider's legs. It reminds me John Myung's style. I mean style, because he's not much to be heard. Here, no one is to be heard, except piano. First I though that I'll give this five stars, because I though this is how masterpiece should look like (well, sounds like). Maybe it is, someone may see perfection in this. I can appreciate it, but not so much. Perhaps later, when I'll be older.

To put it short, if you like piano and Dream Theater's music, you'll love this too. Jordan is piano/keyboard virtuoso, his skill with keys (those keys) is undoubtable (try last section of "The Spirit Carries On", I think he made all these sounds at once => he played with his both hands, not one after another). I even found myself singing (not so strange, I know DT for quite a long time) and, you know, DT without LaBrie gains something new (and loses something, but that's the price).

This album is Dream Theater songs acoustic taken to another level. Give away all rock instruments, leave just piano and play these sounds stripped to the bone. When you consider that this is just piano (played by master) and this music could be composed easily few hundreds years ago, it's kinda weird. "The Answer Lies Within" sounds similar to normal version. Guess why. In fact after listening this, I realised how is DT's music imbued by piano sound.

Well, for good acoustic DT, we should appreciate him a little bit. Give him some credit. But it's also bad because I lack rock instruments, good because of his skills. But this bad is just little bad, so more like worse good.


Marty McFly | 2/5 |


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