This is Eric Johnson's fourth studio album and his first since Venus Isle in
1996 and it is very good, probably my favourite. As I said earlier it is
divided into three sections each with a different "vibe and style". Prelude,
the first section is in a rocking vein and is really what I think an Eric
Johnson record should be: mainly instrumentals with crazy playing and
great tone. Allemand, the last section, is in a jazzy vein. Courante, the
middle section is basically just everything else thrown together. There's
pop, middle eastern, and country. The guitar playing on this record is
great. It is a little more subdued than his earlier stuff and a little more
melodic but it is still jaw dropping. As usual he has aboslutely amazing
tone. He also shows that he can play amazing jazz, on top of the shred
which he is known for.
Now, as amazing as this album is there are some weaknesses. For one
thing, I don't really like his singing. It's not that his voice is particularly
unpleasant, it's just really thin and quite boring compared to his
sensational guitar playing. The other problem is his habit of having a
couple corny pop songs on each record which showcase his singing and
have very little in the way of guitar playing. The problem on this record is
that the worst songs are also the longest.
That said this is still an excellent record and definitely worth picking up,
really no matter what music you play.