Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: New Age, Pop, Rock, Metal
Daniel J. Wiedecker | San Diego, CA United States | 11/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wow! Marty Friedman is by far and away one of the greatest purveyors of instrumental albums of our time. I am a straight up headbanging fool when it comes to my tastes in music, and the classical piano interludes, woodwind instruments, symphony, and tympany drums just BLEW ME AWAY. This is beautiful music for all to appreciate. I now, finally, have everything Marty has put out because of this album. All are fantastic in their own right, but as a pure instrumental album, this mixes the electric lead breaks (my GOD this man can play), with the acoustic interludes and classical instruments. Each cut tells a story. Put on your headphones, lay back and ENJOY!"
Beautiful Guitar Melodies
W. Thomas | Dunedin, Florida | 06/25/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I thought that Neal Schon was the only rocker trying his hand at this type of instrumentals (Beyond Thunder, Electric World). Grab a brownie, some milk, your headphones & fly."
A unique kind of 'exotic'
DeuteronomY | 04/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The 'exoticism' of 'Introduction' is so different even from its predecessor 'Scenes.' Marty Friedman just has so many facets to his musical abilities, that fact is just as inspiring as his actual playing.
This album is more 'laid back' than 'Scenes,' that's why I kinda like 'Scenes' more than 'Introduction.' But that is hardly a complaint. This is awfully wonderful music as well.
'Arrival' is rather straightforward, and I love the use of the augmented 5th chord here.
'Bittersweet' is probably the most emotionally heavy track in the CD. Wicked clean tone shredding though.
'Be' has some great bends, and the ending solo is so full of conviction.
'Escapism' has some great melodies, not just of the guitar either.
'Luna' is terribly exotic, and it doesn't help that there's that Japanese woman's voice in the middle. The melody sounds a lot like Rod Stewart's 'When I Need You' but Marty just does something to it that makes it so cornily, pervertedly wonderful and happy.
'Mama' and 'Loneliness' are very sad pieces in the key of B minor. His vibrato sounds so good.
'Siberia' is a good ending. Some heavy bass here.
Marty is conservative with his lead playing here. I am guessing this is the most improvised album of his with regards to soloing. They sound so raw and I could almost hear Marty wondering what his next phrase will be, especially in 'Escapism.'
Great music. It's more 'mature' than 'Scenes,' but there comes a 'boredom' with this. I don't mean 'boredom' like it being boring or dragging, but it's just so easy going. I highly recommend you to check this and 'Scenes' out for a wonderful new viewpoint of 'guitar' music."