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Allan Holdsworth


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.04 | 91 ratings

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4 stars Allan Holdsworth makes modern fusion albums: this record has very dedicated electric guitar sounds. I think he uses a volume effect to sometimes produce very ethereal, echoed, urban & refined floating guitar sounds, like on the "Shallow sea" or "Letters of Marquee" tracks: it sounds a bit like the guitar volume effect of the King Crimson's "Matte Kudasai" track, on the "Discipline" album. When Holdsworth plays a more conventional sound here, he quite sounds like the Pat Metheny's electric guitar on the "American garage" album. There are no keyboards on the record, maybe just an excellent piano part on "Temporary fault". The lead vocals sound a bit like the voice of Gary Chandler (Jadis). Holdsworth's numerous guitar solos are very elaborated, although they are more technically impressive than they can be catchy. The bass and drums are quite complex, fast and refined. Gary Husband's drum solo on "Letters of Marquee" is ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTFUL! Just turn up the volume and enjoy the power of it!

Rating: 4.5 stars

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