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Scott Allen Project - What Lies Beyond Words (7,5/10) - USA - 2006

Genre: Instrumental Rock
Label: Guitar Nine Records
Playing time: 44:39
Band homepage: Scott Allen Project

Tracklist:

  1. U Want Some Of This
  2. The Grind
  3. Cool Breeze
  4. A Girl I Once Knew
  5. We Watched The Sunrise
  6. My Bad Mojo
  7. Saying Goodbye
  8. Eternal Optimist
  9. Sapphire Sky
  10. Under the Mexican Moon
  11. The Clock Is Ticking

 

Scott Allen Project - What Lies Beyond Words

Influenced by VAN HALEN to pick up the guitar, Scott Allen first starting playing the six stringed instrument at the age of 11, and after taking (presumably) years of lessons, attended the famed Musician’s Institute G.I.T. He graduated in 1996, moved back to his home town of
Sacramento, where he currently resides and teaches guitar.

 

He started the SCOTT ALLEN PROJECT after his previous band, 7 YEARS, disbanded, and he has had the opportunity to open for such names as Y&T and PLANET X. “What Lies Beyond Words” is his debut album, and it is being re-released and distributed by a bunch of labels on the Western Coast of the United States. And apparently, a new album is being recorded this year.

 

Anyway, enough with the history lesson, on to the music. As the band name, record label and album name will probably hint at, this is an instrumental Metal/Rock record played by a very talented guitar player. The riffing is very reminiscent of old DREAM THEATER mixed with RUSH, not that I’m complaining. Those two bands raised the bar of technicality and musicianship within the world of Rock, and the music sounds like it was influenced by those two bands, but never goes into the territory of plagiarism.

 

The main problem of “What Lies Beyond Words” is the lead playing, which at times seems COMPLETELY oblivious to what’s going on around it. The solos in most of the more upbeat Metal sounding songs have certain sections where either the melody that is played sounds beautiful but is ultimately detracting from the accompanying music underneath it, or there is a very fast scalar run that sounds put in the solo just for kicks.

 

The lead work is the focal point of a record like this, and unfortunately, it’s 50/50 on the quality. Sometimes it’s great, and sometimes, it’s irritating.

 

Mildly recommended

(Online February 19, 2007)

Armen Janjanian



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