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I.O.U.

Allan Holdsworth

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.08 | 51 ratings

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Kazuhiro
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5 stars There might be a fact to which the style of the guitar multiplied at latter term in the middle of the 1980's is established by the technical breakthrough of HR/HM. The technology and machine parts have developed into the situation in Hard Rock on one the top, too. There was often what to make Allan Holdsworth appear in the name that the guitarist enumerated in the interview etc. in the situation in guitar Scene. And, for Allan Holdsworth to keep always challenging music by the spirit of apart from others is to depend on the appearance of the spirit that understands the music at which he should always aim and always makes new music.

His performance has an indeed original theory and method. Shape for fingerwork and mathematical theory. And, it is busy of tension note. Vocal nuance by repetition of arming. Phrase mainly composed of manner of controlling the fingering. And, it is accurate and a speed. All the methods that he does always exceed the category of understanding.

Point said that reason why he has nickname of "Spider Finger" made style copy melody of John Coltrane by him and established. And, the point whose his father is a pianist. The style thought out by replacing the progress of the melody and the code that the piano plays with the fingerwork of the guitar might be a performance that only he can do. He got togged up, and and, the fact started might exceed guitarist's frame as for musical instruments such as Sax and Violin and an introduction of various machine parts and an audiovisual theory get togged up gradually.

"Velvet Darkness" that recorded in 1976 and had been announced was first solo album for him. The idea that he had been warming since this time often appeared in the tune. The tune and the idea that he often live did since "i.o.u" is announced are already "Velvet Darkness". Or, it is adopted for "Igginbottom" in which he participated for the first time as a professional. Those elements were digested with own tune and the album of GONG. However, the content of "Velvet Darkness" and details until announcing were situations that were not able to be consented for Allan Holdsworth. It is said that "Velvet Darkness" is a work in the work that he announced that he doesn't admit either. The spirit of the misfortune that it keeps be an age and be apart from others for him might be proportional to the challenge and the change into music.

This factual album "i.o.u." might ..the first solo album true ..him.... finished. The fact to which he is making remarks on this album as one of the masterpieces might appear exactly in all tunes. And, his work is contained a reformative very much element and progresses taking the opportunity of this album. However, the situation of the misfortune that always happens to him besides the activity where he has walked might be a fate. A problem of machine parts and a money problem might always have annoyed him. He kept always showing deference to music and challenging in the situation and life. It is said to the content that he can consent most that it will have finished result "i.o.u". By the way, "i.o.u." has the meaning of "I owe you". He has expressed feelings and a frequent situation in the title of the album.

An indispensable musician for the back for Allan Holdsworth is participating in this album. Paul Williams that competes with Gary Husband and Tempest. A lot of tunes that he was performing for years as the repertoire of live are collected to this album. When "Velvet Darkness" and this album and are compared, the difference point and the change will be able to be discovered the performance method and how to make the sound. The performances such as GONG and U.K might have made the style of his performance certain.

Feelings of the music at which Allan completely aimed might appear remarkably in perfect "The Things You See" with progress and the anacatesthesia of a peculiar code. Guitar solo that comes in succession in the rhythm based on the rhythm of three has exploded. ..Jazzy by Paul Williams.. element contributes to the tune. This tune might be one of the masterpieces in the repertoire of Allan.

It has the element that the theme and the melody of "Where Is One" are complex and mysterious. Gary Husband offers a more complex rhythm and gives the tune the tension.

"Checking Out" has some, friendly melodies. However, it doesn't end in a simple tune. The method of harmony with the guitar and the processing of the space are splendid. Guitar solo that can be listened like RightHand is an astonishing fact. Eddie Van Halen performed and might have been astonished at t about Allan.

It is almost perfect shape in the repertoire in recent years. And, the highlight of "Letters Of Marque" to be able to amuse the listener by always changing the appearance by the various musicians' performances might be bass Solo and be Drum Solo. The composition looks like the progress of Jazz. It is live one of the tunes that always rise.

"Out From Under" will have the element of the lock and Blues. However, the melody of Vocal and progressing the tune are tunes with which the anacatesthesia overflows very much. The idea of the guitar by vocal harmony that appears on the way has succeeded, too.

Quiet atmosphere of "Temporary Fault" often appears in the idea of Allan and the composition of the tune back. The continuousness of a rapid change in the rhythm might be an important factor from Solo that the keyboard that appears only is beautiful for Allan.

This album has divided into the half by the song and the performance. And, "Shallow Sea" is a tune that he recently does. Especially, one of the important elements that decide the flow in composing of live is included. In Instrumental that he does, such a performance might be a part of the prototype by which his performance at this time is formed. The progress of a peculiar code is contained "Quietness" and "Movement" at the same time and progresses.

"White Line" would have been an important, in his repertoire at this time mysterious tune. The melody and the rhythm of the float in the tension in the space advance with some dash feeling. It might be a suitable tune that decorates the end of the album. Allan to express the music that had to be aimed without dropping the album-quality completely never had power.

This album was the first stage to accomplish establishment and evolution exactly for his music. And, it might be a masterpiece in his work. He always changes by the work, advances, and offers the listener various ideas. And, those elements are almost blocked in this album. And, "i.o.u." might be an album that has already executed and expresses Allan Holdsworth.

Kazuhiro | 5/5 |

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