Brilliant set of compositions including many Jazz/Fusion elements.,
This review is from: Madness (Audio CD)
Madness is quite unique among Macalpine's albums in style and displays virtuosity in a range of musical styles, especially with high speed energetic compositions incorporating more blues/jazz/fusion styles of play. The compositions are impeccably created as always and with creative and energetic soloing. The general tone of the album is uplifting and upbeat and gives a positive feeling. Perfect examples of this are 'Naked Nancy', 'Confrontation with the Electric Bees', the unique song 'Dr Garlic Breath', and a personal favourite of mine 'Realm of the Flying Monkeys'.
'Restaurant at the End of the Universe' is a ballad paced song with powerful emotive playing, and 'House in Motion' is a memorable and pretty composition with awesome playing throughout, and as another basis of comparison is similar in some ways to 'Champion' from 'Freedom to Fly'. 'Peruvian Power Layback' is a really nice piece and is one of the highlights of the album in my opinion, and also is reminiscent in style to the album 'Freedom to Fly'.
The two songs at the end of the album are of a darker nature and are both awesome powerful shred compositions: 'Muffin Bandits' is a short but sweet neo-classical style song with strong soloing and is reminiscent of songs such as 'The Time and the Test' from 'Maximum Security' as a comparison, and Rats with Wings is a brilliant neo-classical composition with fast and powerful shredding and awesome solos. Also noteworthy is the excellent rendition of one of Chopin's etudes on the piano by Tony.
All in all this is a wonderful selection of instrumental compositions from a range of general styles, but all showcasing Macalpine's virtuoso playing style, and each song on the album is memorable.