Joined: Sep. 2007
||Posted: Dec. 21 2007, 10:01
Muse: A nice relaxing intro to the album, nothing too loud or brash, just very smooth and melodic which sets the tone. Unfortunately it ended all too quickly without developing into anything further. 4/5
Cochise: Took 3 or 4 plays to really get to grips with this. Started off in the same manner as Muse but then the distorted guitars kicked in and upset the rhythm for a time. Also a tad repetitive but it is growing on me 3/5
Embers: A very moody, brooding piece. Sends a shiver up my spine sometimes. Shame it never takes off in the way it should have. Unsatisfactory ending 3/5
Summit Day: Good but a little harsh on my ears; took a few replays to get to like this track and may take a few more to really appreciate it 3/5
Out of Site: A mess to my ears; no real rhythm, signal or mood, just a mess of sounds with a plodding drum beat. The guitar work is ok but the track as a whole just doesn't do it for me 2/5
B. Blues: Another mish-mash of ideas. Too grungy and dreary to warrant too many repeat listenings. Perhaps my least favourite track 2/5
Four Winds: Love the melody behind this; reminds me of a fragmented Tubular Bells somehow. Love the guitar work too, a really spunky track with lots of promise, rich textures and sounds. Although the ending reminded me of that old Western classic, Bonanza. 4/5
Enigmatism: Another favourite, quiet, gentle, has a medieval feel about it. 4/5
Out of Mind: This track simply rocks!!! loads of balls-out energy and pace and speed and just about everything else to do with rock guitaring. Love this, love it even better at higher volumes on better hi-fi systems. A big 5/5 !!
From the Ashes: A nice moody track that perhaps should have been listed further up the album chart rather than concluding the album: perhaps after Muse?. Anyway, it's cool in its own little way 3/5
Overall I rate "Guitars" 3.5/5
Not Mike's best work but as an experiment it works well. Hopefully he might try a "Guitars II" in the near future.
Favourite tracks: Muse, Four Winds, Enigmatism and Out of Mind