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Steve Morse Band


Eclectic Prog

3.12 | 22 ratings

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2 stars The opener, the title track "Stressfest", starts with a wonderful riff, a short but catchy melody, and the song moves dynamically to the last note. This makes a great appetizer.

However, listening to this album in its entirety, even after several attempts, one might end up with a big question: Is this really Steve Morse? Well, it is, if we consider only the guitar playing -- the techniques and signature licks -- and its sound. We doubt it when it comes to the songs. There's nothing like what's in "The Introduction", which features an excellent mix of styles (and of course top-notch playing), or even the following three albums, which actually aren't as strong.

Indeed, Morse seems to have tried to keep as solid as the opener throughout the album, only without success -- to my ear. Most of the songs just don't fulfill the enthusiasm that has been wide opening from the very beginning. The structure and the arrangement of each song is quite similar to one another, very monotone. The highlight, if there's any to be mentioned, including the beautiful "Eyes of A Child" and the rocking "The Easy Way".

Good thing is there's a better album after this one -- the fascinating "The Major Impact". As for this effort in question, it's simple: this is only for those who consider themselves collectors.

kunangkunangku | 2/5 |


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