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UNSETTLED

Dean Watson

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.82 | 52 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
3 stars When I was a kid, I got a cassette with (supposed to be) the best music by The Shadows. That was an interesting experience which has coloured my view on instrumental rock.

Dean Watson's debut album is not straight rock. Neither is it straight fusion either. It is a fusion between rock and fusion. Into this mix, a bit metal has also been infused into this mix. The sound is a bit so-so.

The music is based on keyboards, a lot of guitars, drums and bass. Everything played by Dean himself. The guitars are great, the keyboards good, the bass a bit flat and ditto for the drums. This is a pretty normal pattern for a multi instrumentalist.

The quality of the material is good throughout. The songs, make that instrumental tracks, floats into each other and this album is an elegant album with elegant music. There are also some great melody lines scattered around this album. The Departure is the best and the most elegant track on the album. My gripe is that there is more elegance than substance, not to mention spices on this album. This album kinds of lands in a no mans land. It is like eating fish & chips with the salt and pepper removed. Nice, but very bland. And that is my overriding impression of this album. It is a nice, but bland album with some great melody lines too. I want more salt, pepper and spices in my meals/my music though. Hence my verdict and stars. But this album is a good debut album and a good bridgehead for further albums.

3.5 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |

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