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Allan Holdsworth


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.10 | 157 ratings

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4 stars

This is one of the best releases from '85. This should be considered as highlight of this genre especially for the jazz-rock fusion guitar driven style even if I'm not sure that this is only jazz-rock/fusion because there are a lot of other kind of influences here (new wave or classic). Allan is a very prolific musician because his impress is available on a large number of albums for a large number of bands/musicians (from U.K. to Derek Sherinian or Bill Bruford). The sound is very light but in a good way and in the same time colorful. Every instrument is clearly distinguishable but in the same time well mixed with the other. The best song here is probably The Un-Merry-Go-Round but also the other ones are enjoyable. The keyboard/guitar enjoyable part from the beginning of this song really made me remember very easily the song.

A weak point could be for example the fact that the voice is present on two songs. I think that a completely instrumental album would have been more appropriate because there is no value added.

I would say that the artist really succeeded to transmit a lot of emotion and feeling on this release even if the album duration is not really that long and the song structure is not complicated. I would say in these conditions that 4 stars would be a fair rating. Worth checking out this original album.

petrica | 4/5 |


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