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UNIVERSE

Planet X

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.67 | 103 ratings

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AtLossForWords
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3 stars Debut from Planet X is a success, but not a milestone.

Three excellent musicians, Derek Sherinian, Tony MacAlpine, and Virgil Donati collaborated to form Planet X. The talent of this band is undisputeable. Donati is a drummer with near perfect technique, and demonstrates it all through the album. Tony MacAlpine is a guitarist of varied talents and adds a slightly neo-classical touch to this predominately jazz album. Derek Sherinian, the former Dream Theater keyboardist once again shows of his amazing musical talents, but are still lowered by his poor sound production.

The tracks are all equally technical, but the album lacks variation. The compostional skills aren't anything amazing, but if you dig amazing technique and you can handle quite a bit of it this album is for you.

The production is top class, the guitar, drums, and bass are all powerful and balanced. The keyboards have poor tone, but that may be more of a problem with Sherinian's synth selection not the quality of the studio.

Good technique, poor variation, and good production give this album three stars.

AtLossForWords | 3/5 |

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