Burton Wagner
21


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jared W. Dillon USER (118 Reviews)
November 29th, 2007 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Instrumental guitarist expands his vocabulary with "21".

Burton Wagner's "A Sentinel's Eyes" was an amateur masterpiece. A sprawling epic journey split into two thirty minute tracks, it was a completely instrumental and emotional recording. "21" on the other hand has decided to take a more conventional approach to its delivery. Instead of subtle progressions and an extreme post rock influence, "21" is a more developed orchestration that is clearly showing Burton's variety of musical taste as well as his simpler songwriting side. The fluid introduction of the album with the beautiful track, "November 25th, 2006" would make previous fans believe that "21" will possess the same level of gorgeous melodies transposed against a wall of epic crescendos, but "21" is certainly not Burton's same old method recycled yet again. Tracks like the ominous "July 4th, 2007" and the vocal performance on "July 16th, 2007" show that Burton is gracefully expanding his musical vocabulary and while he may be incorporating various new techniques, his signature melancholy style is present through out the various tracks on "21".

One of the noted improvements on "21" is Burton's use of "noise". Tracks like "August 3rd, 2007" and "May 26th, 2007" have implications of samples and droning sounds that help create a much more tension-soaked album. Another noted improvement is Burton's always improving guitar techniques. More effects are used on this album, and more importantly they are used to assist the music greatly. Sections in "February 27th 2007" echo Burton's first release "In the Realms of the Unreal", only the improvement is undeniable. The crescendos are sharper, the guitar lines more interesting, and most of all the performance is just much more intelligent. Nowhere is this notion more impressively shown than the instrumental, "May 31st, 2007", beginning with a quietly tremolo intro that quickly develops into a slinky guitar line reminiscent of Off Minor's "Cadaveric", and finally breaking into a recycled version of the original motif that has been improved with another slight tweak. The song is probably Burton's finest composition yet and clearly shows his ability to not fall into the trap of songs that just rely on crescendos and epic ups and downs. This subtlety is found everywhere on "21" and is clearly the most brilliant part of the album.

All issues aside, "21" is a great album and a worthy follow up to last years "A Sentinel's Eyes". While there are some minor issues regarding clipping and other amateur mistakes on the record, it hardly interferes with the enjoyment one can receive from listening to this record. "21" is yet another worthy release in the trio of Burton Wagner albums. Amateur in nature but certainly not amateur in ideas, Burton Wagner is in my eyes one of the best kept secrets in the realm of guitar today.



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SubtleDagger
November 29th 2007


737 Comments


Full album in 256 bitrate: http://www.mediafire.com/?bdintckwgn3

Streamable 128 bitrate: http://www.last.fm/music/Burton+Wagner/21This Message Edited On 11.29.07

Aficionado
November 29th 2007


1027 Comments


This sounds really great, I might download this.

MrKite
November 29th 2007


5020 Comments


I'm downloading this as soon as Preemptive Strike finishes.
Great review.

McP3000
November 29th 2007


3984 Comments


Too short of a review.

plane
Emeritus
November 29th 2007


6733 Comments


Great review. Album is pretty great as well.

The tracklist says May 31th.

Fort23
November 29th 2007


2968 Comments


pixes is good at short reviews. Ill definitley be downloading this soon.

sgrevs
November 29th 2007


698 Comments


I like the cover, did you paint it yourself? That would be rad. This sounds like something I'd like a lot, hopefully I'll get around to listening to it soon.

SubtleDagger
November 29th 2007


737 Comments


The tracklist says May 31th.
Nick's fault since he uploaded the details like right before it came out
I like the cover, did you paint it yourself? That would be rad. This sounds like something I'd like a lot, hopefully I'll get around to listening to it soon.
I did, it's sitting in my room right now

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v158/SubtleDagger/P4210013.gif is a bigger versionThis Message Edited On 11.29.07

NortherlyNanook
November 29th 2007


1285 Comments


This is pretty. Nice work (album/review).

204409
Emeritus
November 30th 2007


3998 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I clocked in 20+ plays of July 16 in under 4 days. Good album. I'll voice some real thoughts later.

Tyler
Emeritus
November 30th 2007


7925 Comments


June 28th is my birthday. I should listen to this.

204409
Emeritus
November 30th 2007


3998 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

What year of our Lord?

Tyler
Emeritus
November 30th 2007


7925 Comments


Dragon (88)

bucket
November 30th 2007


28 Comments


I am pleasantly surprised by this. I think I'll check out his other two as well.



SynGates
November 30th 2007


2467 Comments


4. May 31th, 2007


seriously though, this sounds great. good review

br3ad_man
Emeritus
November 30th 2007


2125 Comments


I like that this album is more immediate than ASE, which to me makes it a much less draining listen. ASE is a really emotionally draining record for me and this is easier to just listen to and enjoy. I probably like ASE more but great work again.

Favourite tracks at this point are November 25th and May 31st.

francesfarmer
November 30th 2007


1477 Comments


The way these albums are released is intruiging. That was a good idea. Fabolus album.

iamrockzorz
November 30th 2007


1029 Comments


Very good album .

What is your guitar set up?This Message Edited On 11.30.07

SubtleDagger
November 30th 2007


737 Comments


Ibanez DT-120 Destroyer to Zoom 505II effects to TASCAM US-224 to line in, sometimes with Danelectro PB&J Delay

I used Cool Edit again for this one

Vocals were done with a 60 dollar audio technica dynamic micThis Message Edited On 11.30.07

iamrockzorz
November 30th 2007


1029 Comments


Nice, I'm really diggin it. Happy birthday by the way, and great work yet again.



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