Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Rock
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Jazz-rock guitaring genius that has stood the test of time
Ian Martin | Auckland New Zealand | 03/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's "Metal Fatigue's" 21st birthday this year, yet most of this album is as fresh and mindblowing as when I first listened to it. I have fallen in love with this album again.
Since its release I cannot think of another album that demonstrates the ability of a guitarist to squeeze and wrench the wonderful tones that Allan Holdsworth does on this album. This demonstrates how a whammy bar in the hands of a master musician can cajole and carees emotion laden sounds from the electric guitar. What Van Halen and Vai have done is fun and impressive. What Holdsworth has achieved is artwork of a master.
Yes, it's a short album but four of the six tracks are arguably some of the finest jazz-rock recorded. I use this term loosely as an attempted label for the reader who may not have heard of Allan Holdsworth. This music is hard to define - far too complex for the label rock, yet too distorted and straight to be labelled strictly jazz.
As I said I have fallen in love with this album again so even the artwork of that Judgement day like scrap heap reinforces the album title. The blue neon rays across the cover and Allan's photograph are all supportive of what makes a gem of a recording.
I love the production and although AAD, it's a crisp yet rich recording. I think the quality of the recording of the drums is the best on this album out of all of Holdsworth's 80's and 90's albums. Both Wackerman and Husband are incredibly supportive while there is some phenomenal bass work by Jimmy Johnson and Gary Willis.
The opening twenty seconds of the album are so startling that after many repeated listenings I still have a wry smile and marvel. That opening track finally comes to a blistering halt and the sublime sounds of a person's laughter in a pub juxtaposed against the achingly mournful guitar chords are as gentle as what the opening track is aggressive. 'Metal Fatigue' into 'Home' is a triumph. All the compositions bare repeated listening, including, dare I suggest, the weaker 'In the mystery' and 'Panic Station'.
There are vocals on two of the tracks providing some variety and intrigue but most of the time you are waiting for the guitar to be unleashed. The solos throughout are powerful and beautiful. In some ways it minimises Holdsworth's ability to say he plays solos as the guitar is interwoven throughout - a tapestry of sound. Listen again to the first four tracks and realise that no keyboards or synths are used - the wonder of Holdsworth is his stunning chord work that creates this tapestry of sound.
For guitarist rockers out there, if you have never heard a Holdsworth album - this is the album to buy. Ask Vai, Satriani - they list this album as one of their favourites.
Exciting, beautiful, emotion-laden and so melodic this is an amazing album that has stood the test of time."
Not for everybody, but oh the rewards if it is.....
Brian Mastalski | Pasadena, Ca. | 08/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"All right, lets get a few things straight! The reason Allan is so unique is that he is a TRUE ORIGINAL!! This is no small feat. He is definitely in that rarefied air shared by greats like Bob Dylan, Ornette Coleman, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix, and Jack Bruce; What Allan has done is create something completely and utterly original out of thin air...his approach is so unique he seems to be speaking a new language, but instead of being some bizzare, unlistenable nonsence, what he seems to have done is completely done away with overt idioms and influences like the Blues or Bebop or any of the traditional styles and cliches that everybody else seems to fall back on, broken the elements of diatonic harmony down to its primordial emotional core and ever so brilliantly exploded it all into a new musical universe. And of course, like alot of brilliant music, it is challenging, complex, definitely in need of several listenings to take it all in. This is not ment for mass consumption--clearly many people will not have it in them to understand this music (including supposed competent professionals, eh Chip?) but to those with an open mind and a yearning for truly original music, Allan Holdsworth is essential! As for this record in particular, it does feature different approaches to the pop song form as well as more fusion and prog sounding tunes. And, to Allan's credit, the rhythm section is amazing--Chad and Gary H. of course on the drums and Gary W on bass, but especially the fantastically talented Jimmy Johnson on bass--wow--pure entertainment But killer musicians without great music to play becomes boring fast. Thats what makes Allan stand apart--he is an incredible composer as well as a player. There is an almost otherworldly melodic beauty that permeates much of his writing style, a sort of lyrical sense even to some really out-there pieces."
marco villarreal | 08/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The first time I heard Allan Holdsworth was when I was 15 at a guitar lesson. My teacher was working on the solo in "devil...." I was in utter awe hearing Allan's unbelievable lines, tone and beautiful chord voicings. 19 years later I'm still hooked and even more so. I still have the cassette version of Metal Fatigue. This is truly a classic. A must have."