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Automatic Fine Tuning

 

Heavy Prog

3.69 | 24 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
2 stars I guess this album is one of those who polarise the opinions on PA and among music lovers in general. It has got five stars and now; my two stars. Please let me explain....

This music reminds me a lot about the musical approach The Shadows had to their music. They too were pretty Paganini influenced. The result was some albums that is worthy of an inclusion of that band in PA. I am not that brave to suggest them though. Wrestling with polar bears, yes. Suggesting the inclusion of The Shadows in PA, no.

Automatic Fine Tuning was a British band who released only this album. I have already mentioned The Shadows. I detect a lot of influences from them on this album. The guitar picking, some of the songs......... what do you think, Sir Hank Marvin ? Automatic Fine Tuning is off course alot heavier and more Paganini worshipping than The Shadows. Their music is very much what we twenty years later (mid '90s) started to label neo-classic music. Yngwie Malmsteen was the big exponent of that music. Automatic Fine Tuning is the forefathers of his music and the neo-classic movement (if there was/is any).

Automatic Fine Tuning has some good songs. The problem is their saturation of guitars where a Hammond organ would had been a far better solution. I get the feeling that the whole Automatic Fine Tuning concept is to replace the Moog and Hammonds with guitars. A good idea. But in this case; it does not work. The songs would had been good with the use of keys. They are not good with guitars and vocals. There is not much vocals here so the guitars must take the blame here. The guitar playing is not that impressive either.

What we are left with is some good ideas, pretty badly executed. This is not for me, I am afraid.

2 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 2/5 |

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