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Excellent Mellow Goodness - 100%

From_Wisdom_To_Mabt, September 22nd, 2005

This is one of my favorite smooth-listening albums of all time, which blends the perfect amount of electric and clean guitars with great orchestral work to back it up. This album, along with Buckethead's "Colma", contains some of the most relaxing and empowering songs ever. Marty's departure from his typical shredding is done with great class and finess and shows his love for very exotic scales that give this album a very tropical feel.

The album opens with a very gentle and soothing song entitled "Tibet" that pretty much sums up what you're going to expect for the remainder of the album. As it draws to a close, a very uplifting electric riff brings your calm spirits up as "Angel" kicks in. This is the kind of song that can bring you up when you're down, and certainly provides the listener with a sense of ease.

As "Angel" draws to a gentle close, we hit on a very exotic track entitled "Valley Of Eternity," that relies on light orchestral backing to Marty's clean guitar and must be heard to be appreciated.

"Night" carries over the same vibe left by "Valley Of Eternity" and holds the same aesthetic. Not anything different to say here that hasn't been said about "Valley Of Eternity" other than it mixes some electric into the mix.

"Realm Of The Senses" opens with a gong and a asian girl speaking. Sounds kind of cheesy (which it sorta is) but the songs combination of electric guitar, orchestral work and clean guitars give the album the same gentle feel experienced in the aforementioned tracks.

"West" is a fucking excellent track. It opens from the raindrops heard falling at the end of "Realm Of The Senses" that give you that tropical feel of a rainforest. The rain slowly dissolves away as the very exotic and melodic clean guitar comes in, again backed by great orchestral work that has been evident throughout the album.

"Trance" is a very bouncy song, featuring all electric, providing what was heard in "Angel," introducing some drums and a very uplifting feeling to a more often melancholic album.

The album draws to a close with one of my favorite songs off the album entitled "Triumph," that opens with very soothing orchestral work, and as the title suggests, you do feel a sense of triumph while listening to it. The end of the song features very light electric guitar, and ends on top of its form.

All in all, if you're a fan of sensitive relaxing music, it's a great album to pick up. It's not too short, not too long, and contains everything you would expect from a very talented guitarist.