So, the review. I promised to write a review, but find it hard to do. It's hard to judge te music on this cd, and it's hard for me because I believe that every cd has it's downsides, and for me it's really hard to find any bad things on this cd. But anyway, here we go. Please bare with me, the review is quite extensive, since the music turned out to be really special to me.
You can continue reading when:
- you know Chris Opperman already and love his music
- you love Sound Theories
- You love Passion and Warfare and cannot get enough of the Fire Garden Suite
- you are not afraid of something different;
- you love Frank Zappa
- you love the Miles Davis & Gil Evans sessions
- You like the Pat Metheny Group (trio, solo, or anything else)
- you like to discover other music than typical rock
You can stop reading when:
- Alien Love Secrets is too weird for you
- 3 minutes guitar solos are too short
- A piano in a band is too experimantal for you.
I didn't know Chris Opperman really good. I knew his name, I knew he was involved in Sound Theories and The Universe Will Provide (Mike Keneally), but besides that, I had no clue. I even confused him with Tom Trapp (thank you Chris for being no insulted!). But the previews of this cd ewoke something in me. It remembered me of all the classical music my dad made me listen as a kid, like Stravinsky, Ravel and Weber, but also the Jazz he made me listen to like Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis. So I wanted to give the music a chance and I ordered, and let the music just come over me.
I listened to the previews a lot in the days waiting for the cd. They got better and better. When I finally got the cd, I was blown away. The music is so good. I can't say anything bad about the compositions. The cd is mixed by Neil Citron, who also mixes a lot for Steve Vai. There are no flaws in the mixing in my perspective. There are some technical flaws in the recording, but it's not a deal breaker. The only thing I could find was background noise when the piano plays solo. Chris told me they decided to keep it this way because the recording sounded far more intimate this way. I agree with him on this, and the noise is not that disturbing.
The music itself is really hard to judge. I don't even want to judge it song by song. You really have to hear it for yourself. There are some words what come to mind when I listen to this recording. Composer wise: bold, experimental, virtuoso, breaking boundaries while paying homage to the past. Just as a listener: touching, moving, excited, beautiful.
The only thing I can add is that I really want to see this music performed life. I'm going to beg Co de Kloet (yes, I'm from Holland) for a Chris Opperman Festival in october.
I really have nothing to add more. I'll let the music speak for itself.
Oh, and Chis, if you read this, as a musician to a musician f!@# you! for you writing it instead of me.