Rik EmmEtt & REsolution 9
Rik Emmett is singer-guitarist for Canadian rock band, Triumph and considered a guitarist’s guitarist due to his versatile chops. With Res 9, the 11 songs are performed by his regular band but enhanced by guest spots from Rush’s Alex Lifeson and Dream Theater’s James Labrie. Opener Stand Still has an arresting Texas groove with thick humbucker tones and slinky licks. Human Race features tight rock guitars and Lifeson’s vibrant Rickenbacker 12 string. The anthemic I Sing not only sounds big but boasts some of the album’s most passionate vocals, here shared by Emmett and Labrie. For blues-rock fans, the emotive The Ghost Of Shadow Town will get repeated plays; a big triplet groove and great soloing. The closer, End Of The Line impresses as Emmett and Lifeson trade solos; and there’s a splendid ‘re-union’ with Emmett and his old Triumph mates for Grand Parade.