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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A number 1 album in an parallel universe..., 2 Mar. 2006
This review is from: 2 (Audio CD)
This album features Ty Tabor of King's X, Rod Morgenstein of the Dixie Dregs (and various side-projects) and the legendary John Myung of Dream Theater fame. It might be said that this album veers away from these artists' progressive roots but it's a welcome change. Fans of such bands such as the Foo Fighters will find plenty to like here with the powerful chord sequences fused with sweet rock melodies. The vocal harmonies are reminiscent of that other great progressive side-project Transatlantic and there are also elements of prog blended in for those who, like myself, have stumbled on this band through Dream Theater.
None of the performers is at their most virtuosic but the musicianship is clear even though many of these tracks would be quite at home on the radio. In fact, laying back the virtuoso elements has seemingly allowed the performers to really enjoy their few weeks' excursion from daily duties with their main bands. This enjoyment is clearly audible (most blantantly on track 12 - check it out up there! ^ )
The only slight drawbacks are the spoken lyrics on parts of a couple of songs and a little too much repition of the chorus on a couple of the others. Tabor's voice also takes a little time to warm to. Having said this, tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 will be on my playlists for months to come...
I'm sure this CD would have more sales if more people knew about it. There's something very rewarding when you have a CD no-one else you know has and yet people seem to enjoy it. If you haven't experienced that yet, maybe this is a good place to start...


Liquid Tension Experiment Vol.2
Liquid Tension Experiment Vol.2
Price: £12.85

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music to make musicians get a fuzzy warm feeling..., 7 July 2005
This was my first ever Amazon buy and I thought I might be taking a risk, not ever having heard over a minute of music by this band - but I bought it anyway and for it's price, I found it great value for money.
I would be lying if I were to say that I found every track on this album absolutely fantastic. Some, in my opinion, are definitely better than others. Without doubt,
"When the Water Breaks" is my favourite - seventeen minutes of complexity, virtuosity and bizarre chord sequences and metres! The bit in 7/4 about 3 minutes in with the soaring guitar parts is probably my favourite bit of my favourite track ever. It does what music is supposed to do - uplift you.
In fact, I haven't found anybody who doesn't like at least some part of this album. Some parts are very reminiscent of the progressive rock bands of old.
'Biaxident' is also a favourite with some real head-back air guitar moments among the classical, jazz and rock fusion.
'Acid Rain' is a fast-paced metal track which must go into some racing videogame someday.
'Another Dimension' is a weird yet cool heavy rockfest with a little bit of accordion thrown in for good measure and rhythms you'll have to listen to 50 times for spot-on toe-tapping.
'914' is basically a short improvised jam which does have some good melodic ideas and 'Hourglass' is a pleasant acoustic closing piece.
However, the two other improvised jams 'Chewbacca' and 'Liquid Dreams' were a little too ambient for my liking and I do agree that Levin's Chapman Stick is a little too low in the mix, especially in some of the more complex moments doubling up Petrucci's guitar.
Well, those two tracks don't matter and they are listenable. Just remember the fact that these four instrumentalists are among the best around in terms of skill and when put together for just a few sessions to make music, allowing for the fact that guitarist John Petrucci had to take a leave of absence half-way through recording for the birth of his daughter (identified by a baby's cry in 'When The Water Breaks') before overdubbing most of the tracks, and this is what you get - a great album!
(By the way, if you're a singing fan... none on this album! Sorry!)
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