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Zaza, Neil - Staring At The Sun (6/10) - USA - 2004

Genre: Instrumental
Label: Mascot Records
Playing time: 57:09
Band homepage: Zaza, Neil


  1. I Spy
  2. Lift
  3. Lost In Your Dream
  4. Zen, Karma, And Other Good Things
  5. The Wonder Of You
  6. New, New Math
  7. Rain
  8. Every Thought
  9. Baking @ 350 Degrees
  10. Fargo
  11. Angel
  12. Definition
  13. Purple Rain
Zaza, Neil - Staring At The Sun

What would songs be without instruments, nothing. Instrumentals break away from the norm of having a voice in a song. It’s cool to hear a tune without a singer when it’s called for but a whole instrumental album, come on.


Neil Zaza is an all around hyperactive guitar virtuoso from the U.S. who knows every trick and every move in the book of guitar playing. This album is a demonstration of his guitar skills and nothing more; you’ve got your emotional solos, technical solos, vibrato abuse solos, tapping solos, whirlwind solos, arpeggios, blues, dirty Rock solos, melodic solos, screaming solos, you get the picture. The backdrop for his “not of this world” abilities is centred on a basic Rock tempo and colourful atmospheres. Of course when things get a little more technical the foundation follows with more progressive inputs, all played with perfection.


The CD has an elegant flow, the abilities of the musicians involved in this project is nothing less than brilliant, everything just oozes of pride and egotism. It gets nutty at times, so many insane solo runs charging at you, he’s literally raping his guitar! Believe me, Death Metal virtuosity is nothing compared to the immaculate talents of this man


There’s nothing bad here but is it interesting? Well, you got your non-stop soloing and a good harmonious fusion of atmospheres, jaw-dropping instrumentation and a clear sound, what more do you want? Real songs? Sorry, can’t help you there but should you be looking for a cover of PRINCE’s “Purple Rain”, you’ll get one at the end of the album.


I’m a tolerant person but I just can’t seem to sit through this album, I guess I’m more of a “song” kind of guy, if that makes any sense hehe. “Staring At The Sun” is for people who study the six-string beast, approach with caution though for it may leave you discouraged knowing that you’ll never be as good as this guy. (Online May 4, 2004)

Frodi Stenberg

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