I don't get it. J21, a Barcelona born guitar player completely obsessed with Frank Zappa, has selected all the ingredients for a top record. By ingredients, I mean well-known musicians. Take a look at this: Don Preston, Scott Thunes, Ed Mann and Robert Martin all played with Zappa, and in addition Reeves Gabrels and Mike Garson of David Bowie fame, and in between Marco Minneman (Eddie Jobson's UK) can also be found. And still, this CD is of an unprecedented flatness. This is partly because the vocals in every song is of substandard quality: not enough energy, always in a low key and a low tempo. In addition, composition-wise, nothing really exciting happens which causes Beyond The Holographic Veil to drag itself to the end, interrupted here and there by a fairly nice guitar solo. What I say: I don't get it: so much talent and so little result.
* André de Waal (edited by Robert James Pashman)
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