on 11 April 2014
I first became aware of John Wesley like many others through his work with Porcupine Tree. Indeed in the absence of Porcupine Tree (not dismissing Steve Wilson's solo work) I thought that I would take a chance on his new album in the hope that it might help fill the void left by their hiatus from the music scene. It has done so admirably. Whilst there are certain references and nods towards PT, the last track Satellite is a good example. The album as a whole is excellent. Wesley is more than a capable guitarist and shows great flair and creativity in his solos. The album is certainly guitar driven although at times this does seem to overwhelm the sound. Standout tracks are Disconnect, Once a Warrior (with a great guest solo from Alex Lifeson) and my favorite Mary which has a strange Bryan Adams guitar introduction to it. Overall it has made me want to search out his other solo work and if it is anywhere near the standard of this release then I will not be disappointed.
on 5 April 2014
Whether you know John Wesley as the guitarist with Porcupine Tree, or whether you know his previous solo work, this album will show another facet of him and his music. Harder sounding than most of his previous albums, yet still deeply melodic, whether that is the vocals or the guitars. On most albums, a guest solo by Alex Lifeson would stand out a mile, but it is testament to John Wesley's guitar that here it sits comfortably amongst some truly exceptional guitar work.
But don't think this is an album purely for guitar lovers, as these are expertly crafted songs throughout, clearly deeply personal, but accessible to all of us. Like all best best songs, these will touch a chord in each of us, and mean something truly unique to every listener.
People don't make albums of great rock songs much any more. Thank God that John Wesley does.
on 16 April 2014
It's hard to find albums that are consistently full of quality tunes, but this is definitely one of them.
Whilst for me it's not quite to the standard of the excellent Shiver, it's not far behind. John has created an album that rocks harder than his previous albums and this certainly maybe to the favour of some. For me Shiver contained more emotion, but this album does lead to more air guitar and drums action. His gritty guitar playing and singing is superb throughout and there isn't one disposable track to be found.
If you are looking for a great example of guitar driven rock, with a hint of prog, that is of the highest standard, you should check out John Wesley and Disconnect.
I highly recommend.
on 25 August 2014
This is very guitar driven heavy rock album in the vein of say Rush circa 'Snakes And Arrows'. The Rush comparison is reinforced by the presence of Alex Lifeson as a guest on this album by coincidence, despite this Wesley manages to forge his own sound due to some well crafted songs and a voice that sounds strangely like Feargal Sharkey at times. Stand out tracks here are the title track, 'Window', 'Satellite' and 'Mary Will'. Wesley is an excellent guitarist and is infinitely better than most of the metal/grunge/punk guitarists of the past 25 years or so. Compared to Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine - who appears on the current Springsteen album) for example he has a far greater range of tonal subtlety and expression. All this would mean nothing however if the songs weren't up to scratch and happily the songwriting is very good on this album throughout with not a real 'bummer' amongst the tracks. My score: 87%