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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!