Al Di Me­olA


Guitar Techniques - - MUSIC REVIEWS -


Al Di Me­ola is back, play­ing a host of gui­tars over this 14-track al­bum which is pos­i­tively up­lift­ing and full of glo­ri­ous mu­sic. Al has a fan­tas­tic pal­ette and un­der­stand­ing of tone so when he uses heav­ily dis­torted elec­tric guitar over a gen­tly plucked clas­si­cal you never lose the dy­nam­ics of ei­ther in­stru­ment. It’s a gift and an abil­ity that he plays to the full, and that’s what keeps this in­stru­men­tal col­lec­tion in­ter­est­ing from start to fin­ish. But it isn’t merely in­ter­est­ing; it’s truly in­spir­ing with its freeform struc­ture and me­an­der­ings from the melody. Lots go­ing on here but we par­tic­u­larly like the tim­ings on Baby­lon and Tang­ier which both also hold el­e­ments of mid-80s Di Me­ola. Some great speed licks on Tang­ier too! Al has never stopped push­ing him­self and he’s def­i­nitely reached a new and ex­cit­ing level. The ti­tle track is less fran­tic and fea­tures a slightly Mid­dle Eastern flavour com­bin­ing clas­si­cal guitar with 12-string. Nice rhyth­mic sec­tion too that breaks down and in­tro­duces the Les Paul. This is all very well con­structed and keeps you guess­ing on the mu­si­cal out­come of ev­ery track. Magic stuff in­deed!

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