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4 stars "Waters Of Eden" has a much more personnal feeling than its predecessor "World Diary" (Tony Levin wrote all the songs this time). More traditionnal instruments are used this time: bass, drums, guitar, piano/synth. The music - more rock oriented - is much more melodic and less technical. I would recommend this record to any fan of instrumental rock music.

Highlights on this album include "Bone & Flesh" and "Opal Road" with Steve Gorn playing the flute (I would recommend "In the caves of the Iron Mountain" from Gorn, Levin, Marotta to listen to what those guys can fully do). "Waters Of Eden" and "Utopia" are outstanding tracks too - in fact all tracks except "Gecko Walk" (one of those songs with an annoying melody like on "World Diary" - the only reason why I wouldn't give five stars to this album) are really great.

Rating: 88/100

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Posted Tuesday, February 7, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars "Waters of Eden" differ from "World Diary" quite a lot, but Levin has succeeded in maintaing the excellent level with which he started his solo career.

What changed is that Levin himself composed all the tracks here and almost all the tracks feature bass/stick as the main lead instrument. The compositions are more melodic and intricate. Most of the album is calm and pleasant to listen. Also, there are a few great guitar parts (guitar was actually missing in "World Diary"), so the album sound more rock-like. Nevertheless, the world and exotic elements are still present. My favourite song is "Utopia", which has nothing but a captivating melody and a perfect guitar solo.

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Posted Monday, May 21, 2007 | Review Permalink

I don't know if there's another bass player who is more influential and important than Tony Levin. I know for sure there are plenty of talented and high skilled bassists, but I really doubt that there is one with the experience, versatility, charisma and importance of 'Papa Bear' in the world of Rock music. For some good reasons he's been beside huge names like King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, John Lennon, Pink Floyd, Yes, Dire Straits, Paul Simon, Alice Cooper, etc, etc, etc.

Being such a big personality I was really surprised to see that there are just a few reviews of his different albums, so I wanted to add my comments and encourage more Prog-heads to do it too to help this great artist to have the place that he deserves here in PA.

WATERS OF EDEN is Tony's 2nd solo album and different from its first effort WORLD DIARY which was more eclectic and World music oriented. This time the music is deeper, emotional, ambient and moving. Although the varied musical sources remain, the experience of listening this recording is a real atmospheric pleasure with more relaxing moments and emphasis in the sinthesizers and bass.

All songs are excellent, but i would give special mention to "Bone & Flesh", a great opener with a misterious arabic feeling which reminds me of some parts of Peter Gabriel's PASSION (that ironically Tony didn't play in), the title track which is a beautiful melodic piece featuring Cello by 'Stick Man' Levin with very nice piano playing and sinthesized sax as well as in the next track "Icarus", "Pillar Of Fire",my favourite of the album, a great track with strong melody, passionate percussions and up-right bass, and the excellent closer "Utopia", with a deep slow fluent cadency and nice guitar solo.

The best way to finish my review is using Mr. Levin's very own words: "This is eclectic instrumental music for the new century - blending what i like best of world music, classical, and the abilities of great instrumentalists into passionate, meaningful music that will resonate with all kinds of listeners."

4.5 stars

Viva el Prog!

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Posted Thursday, August 23, 2007 | Review Permalink
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3 stars Tony Levin is great bassist, first of all associated with Peter Gabriel and one of King Crimson's line up. This, his second solo album, is warm and pleasant one. Its sound was a bit unexpected for me.

Nothing reminds technical, cool and angular sound of King Crimson there. Jazz-rock, quite rounded, melodic, soft, sometimes even romantic and melancholic. Very often missing its jazz element and just sounding as simphonic prog. Some great names in supporting musicians team (Marotta, David Torn, David Sancious, etc). Really very intelligent, almost comfortable music. Without being cheese.

Possibly I expected more technical, energetic, faster sound, may be even aggressive one. No, I hardly found it here. But what I found was excellent equivalent.

Not a masterpiece, but very competent and pleasant music, could be interesting for very different listeners - from Levin/KC fans till soft jazz rock lovers.

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Posted Friday, March 19, 2010 | Review Permalink
Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
1 stars Tony Levin's second album? The followup to the mellow, but not bad World Diary? With Jerry Marotta, David Torn, Larry Fast and David Sancious? With Levin on the cover, in a wife beater, wearing his flying fingers, looking like he's ripping into his bass? It's gonna be great!


Levin got it completely bass-ackwards. Instead of wild, inspired bass playing, we get an album suitable for the Kenny G fan. The only things slightly of interest, and only slightly, are the two pseudo-ethnic pieces (like Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel et al would make when they ran out of good ideas), Bone & Flesh and Pillar Of Fire, and the vaguely Pink Floyd-like Utopia.

This album made me afraid to buy and of his subsequent albums.

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Posted Tuesday, July 13, 2010 | Review Permalink
2 stars Watery Eden...

The second solo release from prolific bass player Tony Levin and features contributions from Jerry Marotta, Warren Bernhardt and the California Guitar Trio.

The Good: Bone & Flesh, Gecko Walk and Pillar of Fire are all pretty cool.

The Bad: I've always been a fan of Tony Levin's work with King Crimson, Peter Gabriel and Liquid Tension Experiment but have never really appreciated his solo work. Whilst Waters of Eden is one of his better releases, it still falls somewhere between soothing and bland and is a far-cry from the intricate virtuoso bass playing which is so often associated with him.

The Verdict: Pleasant but nothing more.

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Posted Wednesday, June 1, 2011 | Review Permalink

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