NEIL ZAZA Melodica Mascot (2005)
Most reviewers view the prospect of reviewing a guitar instrumental album
- baring those from Satriani and a very few others - with abject horror.
This CD is not one that truly evokes bile but it is not far off. It is clear the
bloke is good at what he does but was it really necessary to record fifteen
tracks of it?
This is for hard core guitair afficianados only and not for
the rest of us. If you are not listening carefully, trying to study what he
is playing, it will quickly blend in the background and become a form of
As it's called Melodica it is a rather melodic set of tunes, if you can call any of them that. It is sometimes very hard to tell
where one ends and the other begins. Yes, this guy is a great guitarist but
one wonders why he left the need to record this set of abject boredom.
It's not rubbish but tedious in extremis. Guess it beats Katie Melua in the
background. Maybe he should have just included this with his signature
guitar line that is soon to be released.
**** (for guitarists) or * (for the rest of us)
Review by Marty Dodge
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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty
damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly