First off, I have to say that I really enjoy this album for what it is. It would earn 5 stars in my review except for the reasons I outline in this review.
When I was first introduced to Dave Weckl just 2 years ago, I was agog by the tight production and catchy melodies the band has consitently produced. I have nearly all of the alubms he has released with his Dave Weckl Band. They adopted a Michael Brecker-like fusion sound and ran with it. Every album since then has done little to tamper with or stray from this algorithmic approach.
I find now, however, that consistency has given way to reptition. Most of the stuff on this album is waaaaay too similar to other great songs on past albums. Perhaps not in note-for-note repitition but in style without a really catchy melody. If you are just looking into Weckl's modern solo career, then this album isn't a bad start. I wouldn't suggest you go out and buy Transition, Synergy, Master Plan, and Mutiplicity in rapid succession or all at once, but any of these albums would give you the same high quality (even if it is the same style) modern pop-fusion that Weckl is the top drummer of.
It really comes down to the question of what we know each individual musician on this cd IS capable of, and what we find the group putting out. I think that the Synergy hinted at by the past Weckl title is misplaced. There is very little in this album that pushes the boundaries of what has already been accomplished in the fusion world. Weckl and friends have the tools and the imagination to really push the envelope and trying to find new ground, but most often it is left to guys like Ben Allsion, The Headless Torsos, and older cats like Chick Corea to take the risks of moving forward in a genre like fusion.