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3.68 | 54 ratings | 5 reviews | 28% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2019

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Wired for Madness - Part 1 (11:50) :
- a) Bring It On (5:20)
- b) Out of Body (3:44)
- c) Lost Control (2:46)
2. Wired for Madness - Part 2 (22:43) :
- a) Entering Delirium (0:30)
- b) The Other Side (2:46)
- c) Cosmic Chaos (5:46)
- d) Angels in the Sky (2:05)
- e) I'll Be Waiting (2:37)
- f) Human Kaleidoscope (5:49)
- g) Infinite Overdose (3:10)
3. Off the Ground (4:51)
4. Drop Twist (4:10)
5. Perpetual Shine (4:30)
6. Just Can't Win (4:34)
7. Just for Today (5:27)
8. Why I Dream (6:01)

Total Time 64:06

Line-up / Musicians

- Jordan Rudess / keyboards, GeoShred, Seaboard synth, guitar, vocals, composer & producer

- James LaBrie / vocals (2)
- Marjana Semkina / vocals (2)
- Shem Cohen / vocals (2)
- The Page Brothers / backing vocals (2,3,7,8)
- John Petrucci / guitar solo (2)
- Guthrie Govan / guitar solo (3)
- Joe Bonamassa / guitar solo (6)
- Vinnie Moore / guitar solo (8)
- Rémy Labbé / trumpet & horn arrangements (6)
- Kai Sandoval / trumpet (6)
- Kalí Rodríguez-Peña / trumpet (6)
- Stuart Mack / trumpet (6)
- Josh Plotner / baritone saxophone (6)
- Kushal Talele / tenor saxophone (6)
- Armando Vergara / trombone (6)
- Jack Kotze / trombone (6)
- Peter Wikle / trombone (6)
- Alek Darson / bass, rhythm guitar
- Jonas Reingold / bass (5)
- Rod Morgenstein / drums (1,3,7,8)
- Marco Minnemann / drums (2)
- Elijah Wood / drums (4,5)

Releases information

Artwork: Jerry LoFaro

CD Music Theories Recordings ‎- MTR75712 (2019, Europe)

2LP Music Theories Recordings ‎- MTR75711 (2019, Europe)

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(28%)
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Review by TCat
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
3 stars Jordan Rudess, a classically trained keyboardist, started out in 1993 with a solo album. That's all it took to be discovered and become a highly sought after keyboardist, and he ended up playing with bands like Dixie Dregs, Liquid Tension Experiment and, of course, he became the replacement for Derek Sherinian in the band Dream Theater with whom he released several albums before returning to his solo work.

His 15th solo album, released in April of 2019, is called "Wired for Madness". It is made up of 2 suites and 5 regular songs. Jordan provides vocals and keyboards for this album, but he has recruited several friends to help out on this album, namely Marco Minnemann on drums, James LaBrie on vocals, and Vinnie Moore, Guthrie Govan, Joe Bonamassa and John Petrucci all as guest guitarists. That's quite an impressive line-up.

The first track takes up the first suite called "Wired for Madness ? Part 1". This is a 3-part suite. The first section is called "Bring it On" and it features a wide array of tempos, meters, keyboard and guitar solos, but it all moves ahead and a smooth pace, changing from heavy prog to the big band sound at the end of the section. It is quite an introduction to what you can expect. "Out of Body" continues to show his compositional skills and his prowress as an amazing keyboardist, showing that he deserves to be up there with the greats like Emerson, Wakeman and others. The feel is complex, and continues to move from playful keyboard sections to heavy metal sections at the blink of an eye. The third section, "Lost Control", gives you a bit of a breather as things calm down and settle into a simpler melodic style with airy vocals. Halfway through, things get complex again starting with more playfulness which is interrupted by sudden bursts of heavy energy.

Where the first part of the title track is 11 minutes, the second part (which takes up the 2nd track) runs for around 20 minutes and has a lot more sections and is called, of course, "Wired for Madness ? Part 2". A quick 30 second introductory track called "Entering Delirium" starts it off with dark, robotic effects. "The Other Side" begins with some interesting harmonized vocal effects and soon moves into a nice, progressive, organ led section. Synths and other keyboards keep things going. The brightness gives way to a darker sound by the end of the section, moving into "Chaotic Chaos", which begins with a lusher sound and the return of vocals. The moderately tempo-ed section seems a bit contrived, but 70's styled keyboards take over in a very progressive and cinematic instrumental break, which later turns into a "Humoresque" of sorts before turning progressive again. "Angels in the Sky" also starts off with a softer lush section and vocals, almost continuing the vocals from the previous section and sounding very similar. Things get even more cinematic in this section, including even a choir effect. "I'll Be Waiting" starts immediately with female vocals and the continuing lushness. Rudess is definitely talented, but also tends to have the same occasional drawbacks of his influences in that, like both Emerson and Wakeman, tends to fall to contrived and over-the-top sections. That seems to happen in this part of the title track more than it did in the first part. "Human Kaleidoscope" features a more complex and changing sound, from piano rhapsodies to fusion guitar to big band styles, it covers all of the textures that it can in 5 minutes before moving on to the last section "Infinite Overdose". This section calms back down again with female vocals. LaBrie lends his vocals on this section also, which are definitely designed for the climatic ending of the suite.

At this point in the album, the following tracks are shorter form tracks. "Off the Ground" is led by piano and vocals with a more standard rock ballad sound. Guthrie Govan provides a guitar solo during the instrumental break. "Drop Twist" begins with an electronic sound. When the rhythm kicks in, it turns into a keyboard extravaganza with plenty of progressive elements. This is like "Liquid Tension Experiment" with keyboards being the main element, a complex and ever changing instrumental. "Perpetual Shine" offers more of the same, this time with a funkier element, and a bit more guitar and bass. "Just Can't Win" is a rock/blues oriented number with brass effects and a synth and guitar solo in the instrumental break. The vocals aren't very convincing for the type of song that it is. There is also a rolling piano solo at the end. "Just for Today" is a piano led ballad with airy vocals. It is quite straightforward with an Alan Parsons Project feel. "Why I Dream" ends the album with a more progressive, jazz fusion style with vocals that roll along with the smooth sound of the music. The jazz piano sound during the first instrumental break is great and more intensity later brings in a synth-guitar duet in a call and response style before the lyrics come back.

Most of the progressiveness of this album happens in the 2 part, title track suites. It is done very well except for the part that kind of lags in the middle of the 2nd part. The individual tracks that come after are less progressive with 3 of them being standard pop/rock while the other 3 are a bit more complex, but not as much as the title track. The stronger tracks are excellent while the more standard tracks are a bit boring. It all evens out to a good 3 star album, great music, but not essential.

Review by rdtprog
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Heavy, RPI, Symph, JR/F Canterbury Teams
3 stars It has been a long since the latest Jordan's solo album, he was pretty busy with other projects. This time he had the help of great musicians including his longtime friend James Labrie, John Petrucci and Marco Minnemann. It all starts in a big fashion with a 20 minutes title track that shows the versatility of Jordan and various styles of music from prog, classical, metal and a lot of Jazz. The song contains many twists and moods, a variety of keyboards/piano sounds, but also some space is left to the guitar bringing some heaviness. The vocals are present sparsely. If the first part of that song is more in a jazz style territory, the second part is more on the classical side with symphonic arrangements. James Labrie closes the song with his singing after a strong Keith Emerson passage from Jordan. And then the rest of the album falls down to keep the momentum of this first epic where the progressive side is replaced by a more standard type of music and too much light mood music for my taste. But it is still impressive to hear how talented is this musician.

Latest members reviews

5 stars This album is truly a masterpiece! From start to finish Jordan manages to keep the listener engaged and amazed. Jordan's playing here is also brilliant in many ways. All the musicians who play on this album are also fantastic. The album does not contain a weak track and extremely solid trough ou ... (read more)

Report this review (#2608244) | Posted by ProgDrivenFar | Tuesday, October 26, 2021 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Well,this is the new solo album for DREAM THEATER keyboard man!And I love it,especially because of the bunch of great guitar players that Mr Rudess managed to grab for his solo album!It's an album without surprises...very professional made....Jordan's voice is ok,nothing bad against it....but it ... (read more)

Report this review (#2218886) | Posted by Ovidiu | Wednesday, June 5, 2019 | Review Permanlink

5 stars All right. Jordan Rudess. I'm going to talk about my relationship through the years with his music making as to give a context, and because it's fun for me :D If you want to skip to the album review per se, go to the paragraph that starts with "The Review" My first meeting with Jordan's music ... (read more)

Report this review (#2216459) | Posted by Namya | Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | Review Permanlink

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