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3.72 | 4 ratings | 2 reviews | 50% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2019

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Lost (3:45)
2. Crown of Thorns (4:54)
3. Some Days (4:34)
4. Shine (4:53)
5. Under Dark Skies (3:58)
6. A Beautiful Lie (4:10)
7. The Road (5:38)
8. Wait (4:36)
9. What the Water Wanted (3:46)
10. The Killing Floor (5:47)
11. The Road (acoustic version) (4:51) *

Total Time 50:52

* Bonus track on CD only

Line-up / Musicians

- Ray Alder / vocals
- Michael Abdow / guitar, bass (1-3,5,7,9,10)
- Tony Hernando / guitar, bass (4,6,8)
- Craig Anderson / drums

Katie Pachnos / electric harp (7)

Releases information

CD Inside Out Music, Sony Music - 19075991132 (2019, US)
CD Inside Out Music, Sony Music - IOMLTDCD 536 (2019, Europe)
LP + CD Inside Out Music, Sony Music - IOMLP 536 (2019, Europe)
Digital album.

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RAY ALDER What the Water Wants ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(50%)
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3 stars "What The Water Wants" is the debut full-length studio album by US heavy rock/metal artist Ray Alder. The album was released through InsideOutMusic in October 2019. While this is Alderīs first solo album, he is of course a seasoned and highly respected singer credited with performing vocals on many albums by Fates Warning, Redemption, and Engine.

Itīs always interesting to hear which music style a musician chooses for his solo albums, when you are used to listening to a relatively specific style of music on his main projects. In the case of Fates Warning and Redemption thatīs progressive metal. The material on "What The Water Wants" is generally not as complex or as challenging as the material on Alderīs other projects, and the overall music style is a melodic type of heavy rock/metal with Alderīs strong voice and vocals in front. If I have to compare "What The Water Wants" to anything Alder has been involved in before, it would be "Parallels (1991)" by Fates Warning, but minus Mark Zonderīs busy off-beat drumming and the semi-progressive tendencies of that album.

The material on the 10 track, 46:03 minutes long album (some versions feature "The Road" in an acoustic version as a bonus track) are well written, melodic, and catchy. Itīs a long time since weīve heard Alder sing anything this melodic and memorable. Fates Warning have experimented a lot with their vocal melody lines since the start of the new millenium, and Alderīs qualities and melodic sensivity havenīt always come to their right in that soundscape. On "What The Water Wants" the listener is treated to Alder in all his melodic glory though and to fans of early 90s Fates Warning this is definitely a recommended listen. Alder has assembled a strong lineup of skilled musicians, who perform the songs in the right supportive way, to make sure that Alderīs vocals shine, but also with the right amount of passion and conviction, which means they arenīt "just" a backing band, who donīt contribute anything to the songs.

One of the things I noticed after listening to the album is how tasteful everything is delivered. Thereīs not one unnessesary note or drum fill featured on "What The Water Wants" and the tracks are all pleasant and memorable. Itīs a consistent release both in terms of musical direction and quality. One of the highlights to my ears is "The Road", which is a slow building but ultimately very powerful and beautiful song, but there arenīt any weak tracks on the album. The album is well produced too, featuring a clear and detailed sound production, and upon conclusion itīs a quality first solo release by Ray Alder. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

(Originally posted on Metal Music Archives)

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5 stars It's safe to say that Fates Warning frontman Ray Alder has made a splash with his first solo album, What the Water Wants. A big splash. So grab a towel. Because you're going to get very wet when immersing yourself in these 10 tracks -- whether you're drenched from headbanging, flooded with in ... (read more)

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