Al­bum Re­views

LIVE AT THE 02 + RAR­I­TIES

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Al­ter Bridge’s love af­fair with the UK is get­ting grander with two nights in Oc­to­ber at the Al­bert Hall with a 52-piece orches­tra, and surely a Down­load fes­ti­val head­line spot will fol­low soon. How the band got here with­out main­stream me­dia sup­port may find some scratch­ing their heads. But the fans in the 02 Arena last year know: Al­ter Bridge de­liver huge heart, soul and hope with mu­si­cian­ship to match. And they have a se­ri­ously ag­ile gui­tar tag team in Mark Tre­monti and Myles Kennedy that com­mand this crowd with their dy­namic, deftly de­liv­er­ing the tricky lay­ers of Ghosts Of Days Gone By and re­cent favourite Crows On A Wire.

The third disc of rar­i­ties will be a real sweet­ener for fans. The hard­core will al­ready have col­lected most of the im­port edi­tion bonus tracks but the two out­takes from the band’s 2005 de­but One Day Re­mains have never been heard be­fore. But they’re more than a com­pletist’s dream.

So­lace and Cruel Sun are rel­a­tively straight­for­ward dy­nam­i­cally for AB but the for­mer es­pe­cially high­lights el­e­ments that have been miss­ing from much of their metal­lic re­cent ma­te­rial with a more mea­sured, sweep­ing rise and fall, Tre­monti’s moody fin­ger­style and Myles Kennedy us­ing his lower range. Rob Laing DOWN­LOAD So­lace

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