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3.60 | 42 ratings | 5 reviews | 19% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2006

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. For Jaco (5:15)
2. New Blues Old Bruise (7:14)
3. Wayne's Way (7:06)
4. Just So Only More So (9:56)
5. To Bop Or Not To Be (6:41)
6. Dear Dalaļ Lama (12:28)
7. Senor CS (7:38)
8. Mother Nature (5:08)

Line-up / Musicians

John McLaughlin/ Guitar & Synth programming
Gary Husband/Drums and keyboards (1,2,3,7)
Vinnie Colaiuta/Drums (2)
Dennis Chambers/Drums (6)
Mark Mondesir/Drums (7)
Hadrian Feraud/Bass (1,7)
Matthew Garrison/Bass (4,5)
Tony Grey/Bass (3,8)
Zakir Hussain/Tablas (3,5,6)
Shankar Mahadevan/vocals (6)
Ada Rovatti/Soprano and Tenor Sax (3,6)
Marcus Wippersberg/Drum Programming (4)
Otmaro Ruiz/Synthesizer (5)
Bill Evans/Soprano Sax (1,4)
Eric Johnson/guitar (2)

Releases information

2006 CD Verve
2006 CD Abstract Logix

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JOHN MCLAUGHLIN Industrial Zen ratings distribution

(42 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(19%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(45%)
Good, but non-essential (29%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

JOHN MCLAUGHLIN Industrial Zen reviews

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Review by snobb
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3 stars At this album McLaughlin goes modern. At least, he uses classic post-bop ( which isn't modern at all) and add in it plenty of drum programming and synthesized sound.He is a great musician, because he didn't destroy the music using so risky mix. But it's pity, that the album is only very average.

The huge team of participated musicians are very competent, so technically the music is of high quality. The problem is there is no ... spirit. No soul. Uninspired musicianship.

In some short fragments you can catch pretty moments. At least, even only vocal track has it's own beauty. But generally it is more technique demonstration , trying to be modern without serious idea, what it is.

As a result, all album is listenable, but you cant find even a few melodies or moments you remember after listening. Overloaded by synthetic rhythms, in moments the music is looking as sountrack for commercials. And at the same time all sound is full of energy. Not very successful experiment.

Pos-bop-fusion high in technique and low in... musicality.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Expanding on the neo-bop fusion that he began inventing on his Heart Of Things album back in `97, McLaughlin achieves a lucid future/past conviction on Industrial Zen with the aid of self-programmed expansive phantom-like synth backdrops. Spiritual inferences also lurk everywhere throughout the di ... (read more)

Report this review (#221418) | Posted by Vibrationbaby | Tuesday, June 16, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars There sure seems to be a bit of different views for this one. One, I must say that the style itself is, by nature, a bit self indulgent. But a master writer, guitarist as John McLaughlin is,demands more out of the listener, as does the listeners demands upon the creator's output. So, what do we ... (read more)

Report this review (#201108) | Posted by tmay102436 | Friday, January 30, 2009 | Review Permanlink

3 stars This hard bop disc it's an experiment in witch McLaughlin brings a lot of great musicians to help him expand his territory's and his guitar-synth repertoire. From the atmospheric point of view Industrial Zen is great and the great experience that the musicians have. The rhythmic section is the pe ... (read more)

Report this review (#171161) | Posted by Warhol | Friday, May 16, 2008 | Review Permanlink

4 stars One of the best releases of this year (ie 2006), in many ways this harks back to a previous album, "The Promise", from some 10 years ago - indeed some of the same players are here including two great drummers, Dennis Chambers (used extensively) and Vinnie Colaiuta (just one track here). As is ... (read more)

Report this review (#99846) | Posted by Phil | Tuesday, November 21, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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