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SOLITARILY SPEAKING OF THEORETICAL CONFINEMENT

Ron Jarzombek

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal


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3.87 | 11 ratings | 2 reviews | 64% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2002

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Wait a Second (0:04)
2. A Headache and a Sixty-Fourth (1:42)
3. I've Got the Runs (1:20)
4. Spelling Bee (0:42)
5. 911 (0:58)
6. Melodramatic Chromatic (1:19)
7. To B or Not to B (0:44)
8. Dramatic Chromatic (2:09)
9. Frank Can Get Drunk and Eat Beer (0:56)
10. Battle of the Hands (1:57)
11. About Face (0:49)
12. Having Second Thoughts (1:56)
13. Two-Face (0:04)
14. 7 Up (0:49)
15. Sabbatic Chromatic (1:35)
16. 207.222.200.112 (0:14)
17. Grizzly Bears Don't Fly Airplanes (0:15)
18. Snuff (2:45)
19. Sex With Squeakie (1:28)
20. Two Thirds of Satan (2:38)
21. At The 7-11 (1:03)
22. On Second Thought (0:56)
23. The Whole Truth, Nothing But... (0:20)
24. Sick, Dirty, Sick (0:52)
25. Minor Yours (0:42)
26. Minor Else! (0:55)
27. Give Me a Break (0:04)
28. Yum Yum Tree (1:20)
29. At the Stop-N-Go (1:16)
30. On a Scale from 1 to 10 (1:08)
31. Static Chromatic (0:41)
32. Rigidude (0:39)
33. Erratic Chromatic (1:22)
34. WatchTower (0:14)
35. Back and Forth (0:41)
36. Dimented (0:08)
37. 1st and 10 (1:09)
38. Gimme 5 (1:23)
39. In the Name of Ron (1:11)
40. I've Got the Runs Again (0:48)
41. Tri, Tri Again (0:53)
42. 9 to 5 (1:17)
43. I've Got The Runs Really Bad (0:58)
44. Gee! (0:03)
45. I'll Be Back... (0:15)

Total Time 78:12

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Line-up / Musicians


Ron Jarzombek / guitars, bass, programming
Roland Emessy I / strings and synths
Prodeus Effecks / piano, harp, bells, marimba, B3 and chinese hong
Dee Fore / drums and percussion

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CD Mr. Kitty (2002)

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3.87
(11 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(64%)
64%
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Review by Tapfret
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3 stars Need an idea or two?...or seven or forty-two?

Sub-genre: Tech/Extreme Prog Metal (Tech? Yes. Extreme? You bet.)
For Fans of: Steve Vai, Steve Morse, Mattias Eklundh or any other solo guitarist with a quirky side
Vocal Style: None
Guitar Style: Metal solo tones
Keyboard Style: Programmed synths
Percussion Style: Programmed metal set
Bass Style: Picked electric
Other Instruments: an on None that I noticed

Summary:Ron Jarzombek takes the idea of creating and naming songs simply based on a single musical idea to a whole new level. This is actually nothing new for Mr. Jarzombek. His first Spastic Ink album, Ink Complete, was primarily compiled in this manner. Solitarily Speaking of Theoretical Confinement differs from Ink Complete by the fact that each song only lasts long enough to convey the idea. So concise in this process is R.J. on this particular project that the album is divided up into 45 tracks the longest being 2:45 in the shortest being 7 seconds. This album also differs from Ink Complete and that has a more refined recording quality.

In listening to this album, one easily becomes lost in the frantic pace and changes from song to song. The listener without formal music training, and even some with, would have a hard time understanding exactly what idea is behind the music. Fortunately, R.J. is not one to leave his listeners in the dark. As usual he provides in-depth liner notes with complete explanations behind the musical ideas for each track. While this may or may not be enough, one can't help but appreciate the effort.

The sound of the album is very consistent with R.J.'s previous works with Spastic Ink and Watchtower. His guitars are heavy with rhythm and chords with broad extensions and very few simple fifth power chords. He rarely if ever uses a pickup other than a humbucker near the bridge. The result is punchy lows with crisp highs and very little midrange warmth. His love affair with seconds, tri-tones and diminished chords is epic.



Final Score: This album is difficult to rate. While my rudimentary knowledge of musical forms and structures gives me great appreciation for the effort and time it takes to produce this sort of work, I admittedly still find myself becoming bored with the listening process and allow this album to fade into background noise. My wavering requires a 3 star rating. I recommend the album with the caveat that listening for enjoyment is mood dependent.

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5 stars I can't believe that this album hasn't had a review yet. I rank this album among the top recordings I possess. Anyone who knows Jarzombek's history with Watchtower and Spastic Ink already knows about his astounding ability on guitar, but amongst these, 'Solitarily Speaking.' ranks as his fine ... (read more)

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