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Steve Morse Band - Steve Morse: High Tension Wires CD (album) cover


Steve Morse Band


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3.88 | 43 ratings

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4 stars High tension music

This is actually one of my favourite all-instrumental guitar-based albums of all time. Fans of The Dixie Dregs and The Steve Morse Band might be surprised by this album. This is not a Steve Morse Band album, but a proper solo album by Steve Morse. But even if this is a solo album, there are drums, keyboards and bass to accompany Steve's guitars. Everything is excellently played but the focus is on the different guitars. But this is not a shred fest by any means, but rather a very melodic and eclectic album with many lovely acoustic and electric passages. There are perhaps some shredding, but just the right amount and in just the right places. The influences range from Folk, Jazz, Rock and Blues and the balance between acoustic and electric and between different tempos and moods is perfect.

This sounds like no other album to which Steve Morse put down his talents, if it was with The Dixie Dregs, The Steve Morse Band, Kansas or Deep Purple. High Tension Wires still very much has Morse' trademark sound though, but it is perhaps a bit more laid back compared to most of his other work. However, the very calm opener Ghostwind should not deceive you into thinking that this is some kind of relaxation music. The tempo and mood changes into more intense tracks later on.

The Celtic-flavoured Highland Wedding is my favourite track. It starts with acoustic guitar and builds towards a powerful big-pipe-like melody. Beautiful!

This album is Steve Morse' best work! Highly recommended!

SouthSideoftheSky | 4/5 |


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