Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Blues, Pop, Rock
It's pretty hard for Chris Duarte to escape comparisons to the late Stevie Ray Vaughan. After all, Duarte is also a Texas blues-rock guitarist with overwhelming instrumental technique and underwhelming vocals. Duarte even ... more »
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It's pretty hard for Chris Duarte to escape comparisons to the late Stevie Ray Vaughan. After all, Duarte is also a Texas blues-rock guitarist with overwhelming instrumental technique and underwhelming vocals. Duarte even uses Vaughan's former keyboardist, Reese Wynans. On his 1997 album, Tailspin Headwhack, Duarte tries to put some distance between himself and Vaughan by adding more funk and fusion flavors to the blues-rock recipe. He adds more effects to his guitar sound, boosts the bass tracks in the mix, trades in shuffles for on-the-one funk, multiplies the chord changes, and enlists David Z of Prince & the Revolution as producer. The results go a long way toward dispelling the Vaughan cloud that has always hung over Duarte's career, but fails to solve the artist's more fundamental problems. He remains a prodigious picker, able to rip through notes at breathless speeds, even as he smoothly changes chords as if he had an automatic transmission. These performances will surely please those who think guitar solos are an athletic event, but they won't do much for listeners who expect such solos to deliver an emotion deeper than bravado. It doesn't help that Duarte's voice is thin and cramped, nor that a conspicuous gulf yawns between the blandness of the originals and the tunefulness of the songs borrowed from B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, and the Meters. --Geoffrey Himes
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Promising, yet dissapointing 3.5
Mr. J. Morgan | Iford, East Sussex | 05/25/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Without a doubt, the production raises the level of this cd several notches above his first yet ironicaly, he doesnt match the kind of pyrotechnics he showed on "shelo" on that same disc, with his rendition here of "driving south" a huge dissapointment and his vocal range still woefully short of adequate, in most places, the only redeeming factor here is the sense that wonderful things are possible from this guy, on a few of the songs i can start to hear the beginnings of a signature sound that is quite inspiring.it could be that no album has yet captured the fullness of the chris duarte experience for I hear only great things from anyone who has seen him live and he plays,at times, with a wonderful recklessness that would be a joy to see and is a pleasure to listen to. i will buy his third cd also,in due time,as the guy has my keen attention about where he is going to take his considerable talent. worth a listen or three, leave the expectations for greatness in the store and enjoy the presence of great potential, id love to see a concert......"
Horrible Sophomore Effort
political idiot | california | 11/29/1998
(1 out of 5 stars)
"What a disappointmnt this release is. "Texas Sugar..." was so refreshing and then Chris released this pile of rubble. Most of the original material is shockingly bad and the cover treatments should be a felony. Chris deserves a whack in the head for trashing "The Thrill Is Gone" and "Drivin' South." He is very talented so the future still looks bright even after this disasterous release."
Not his best
Mr. J. Morgan | 02/07/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I have seen Chris Duarte live a number of times and neither of his discs even begins to approach what he does live. Nevertheless, both of his offerings are very good and worth having. His first CD; however, is the better of the two and more similar to what you get live. If you ever get a chance to see him live, don't pass it up - he is awesome."