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Split Decision
Split Decision
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4.0 out of 5 stars Finally a GOOD guitar album, April 24 2002
This review is from: Split Decision (Audio CD)
Usually I don't go for instrumental albums, especially not from guitarists. But this one is different. Why is it different? Because Steve Morse is an exellent guitar player! Why is he so exellent? In contrast to other guitarists who only think they can play, Steve Morse doesn't feel the need to 'prove' himself. Nowhere on the album are the typical howling guitar... sessions, no ear-piercing riffs that are repeated ad nauseam, nowhere does Steve Morse drown out his accompanying musicians. What remains is a guitar-album that is actually pleasant to listen to. And it is rightly called the 'Steve Morse Band', because it really sounds like a band playing together, instead of just one guitarist.
Then why only 4 stars? Well, even though it is a superb instrumental album, that is just what it is... Due to the absence of lyrics, there is no 'message' to relay to the listeners. But I think there are more than enough guitar worshippers who will really dig this album!

Sonic Residue from Vapourspace
Sonic Residue from Vapourspace
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT a compilation album!, Feb. 1 2002
Vapourspace is the artist name of Mark Gage. What he has done for Sonic Residue is something I never even heard of before. He took songs of several Magna Carta bands, and without making any new music himself, he started mixing and mixing until something completely different came out. The whole of the album sounds more or less like a spacy techno-album, made out of progressive rock songs!
For example, the first track from Attention Deficit, who are a three-piece consisting of drums, bass and guitar, but now it seems to be all synthesizers... Then there's a track form the Explorer's Club, Time Enough, which has a great section of consecutive solo's, but now, the music is filtered in such a that the solo's come out even better. As a final example there's the song Kansas from Steve Walsh' solo album. It sounds much darker than the original, almost as if this is how it should have sounded.
As you can see, this is not some sort of compilation of "Best of Magna Carta", but an album with completely new music. The album also contains a CD with the original songs, so you can still compare, even if you don't have the original albums.

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