From The Law Offices Of Levin Minnemann Rudess
Someone From The Law Offices Of Levin Minnemann Rudess called by and left some highly sensitive and not yet legal audio files for us to review, so it would be rude not to. This is the second release by this highly talented trio whose musicianship is lauded by both fans and from within the industry. But does this combined stellar musicianship result in an equally stellar prog album?
Let us examine the evidence; this isn’t their first release, that self-titled album came to us some three years ago and at the time it was widely praised and consequently highly successful. Consequently a return to the high court was inevitable so on with the trial!
Exhibit 1, my Lord, is album opener Back To The Machine driven by a growling bassline from Tony Levin followed by great synth and organ solo’s from Jordan Rudess with exhibit 2, Ready Set Sue, following the lead but in a lighter manner.
Some of the exhibits laid before me, however, are not so orderly: Riff Splat is a tad messy with no clear direction whereas What Is The Meaning starts to show some direct influences, the mellotron and synth solo are clearly a nod towards Tony Banks and Marseilles follows a similar path.
Exhibit 7, Witness, lifts it’s whistly synth sound from Full Circle period Pat Metheny but also loses direction although Marco Minnemann’s guitar playing is very impressive considering he is a drummer! Exhibit 8, Balloon is a quieter more reflective piece and is pleasant enough although nothing to clear the defendant.
Exhibit 12, The Verdict, builds nicely but Exhibit 13, Shiloh’s Cat, is the standout piece of evidence. It is simply exquisite and not overdone, the sax and guitar intermingle beautifully within.
Levin and Rudess previously collaborated as part of Liquid Tension Experiment and to be honest I preferred the fluidity of that band to this, but time has moved on and so has the music. Has the jury reached a decision, yep, it is hung. This is a good album but hardly a masterpiece, the evidence is just too messy and directionless for my liking.
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Release date: July 15, 2016.
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