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Tony Levin


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.72 | 18 ratings

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2 stars Sorry, I really don't want to disappoint you, but Tony Levin's Double Espresso double CD is far from five star mark!

When you just start your listening, you will realize, that sound is very bombastic!!! In bad sense of that word, in bad tradition of weakest Asia albums, or worst ELP albums... In fact, I think the reason is slow and very simple drums. OK, all sound in total is far from excellence. Bad balance between instruments, heavy leading bass line ( ok, Tony Levin IS bassist) - leading as wall of sound, not as drive, as pulsation, as energy. Guitar sound is unclear, somewhere in the very back, guitar technique - very faceless.

Songs melodies are well-known, but it doesn't helps: almost in all cases originals are far better! It isn't real fusion or jazz-rock, the sound is absolutely repetitive, and absolutely UNINSPIRED.

Yes, it's B-category bombastic prog-rock with very pop arrangement, what is quite unusual for the mainly instrumental album. Small circle of listeners in that concert is very enthusiastic, but it doesn't helps.

All in all, it sounds for me as group of musicians we pushed to record some easy-accessible versions of well known prog classics to show people who hates prog, that in reality that music isn't as bad as they think, and even could be used for easy listening. They're doing their job, but hate it!


snobb | 2/5 |


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