Antoine Dufour
Still Strings


4.5
superb

Review

by Raz0rGrind23 USER (18 Reviews)
April 13th, 2011 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bringing new life to a road less traveled......

In this day and age people require instant gratification in all facets of life, and music is no exception to the rule. I had shown ‘Still Strings’ to a friend of mine and the first thing that he said in reply was “Where the hell is the singing?” Perhaps it’s the mainstream/radio friendly society we live in but most have a difficult time identifying with stellar songwriting if it’s not amped and injected with computerized beats and over producing vocal arrangements. I have always found it much more gratifying to see someone have ample ability to fire out precise guitar or instrumental arrangements than the latter. With violinist Tommy Gauthier also at the helm, Antoine Dufour’s freestyle guitar play on ‘Still Strings’ provides a refreshing and powerful, progressive folk engagement.

The musical intonation and note accuracy on this release is utterly flawless in its own regard. The accompaniment of Gauthier’s violin provides an added layer of sound and breathes new life into the intricate guitar arrangements. The accessory of the mandolin also provides notable depth to the compositions.

While album opener ‘Swing In A Round’ provides a brief introduction to Gauthier’s and Dufour’s musical prowess, its ‘Tango Agricole’ which is truly the first memorable piece presented. The violin is what holds the most precedence in this number and exhibits Tommy Gauthier’s true control of his craft.

‘Apres Le Beau Temps… La Pluie’ is the first track that provides an added focus on the mandolin. The progressive crescendo in this track is what makes it musically effective whereas the piece starts at a soft gradually pace only to quicken with mesmerizing chord play around the mid marker. ‘6/8 d’la belle’ is another powerful, mandolin-driven piece in the same effort as its predecessor, providing another tightly knit package with the accompaniment of the guitar tones.

While there is no real weak track on this album, the listener will have a tendency to find more replay value with the aforementioned tracks as well as Mellow Deep Art(another piece exhibiting a beautiful dual guitar/violin performance) and album closer ‘Intenso,’ with its Spanish flamingo qualities bringing new life to a road less traveled. Ultimately, it’s the perfect way to conclude.

Yes, ‘Still Strings’ greatest strengths can also be deemed as its own hindrance whereas the absence of vocal accompaniment will tire a large number of listeners; minus the brief scatting from both musicians strewn about. Still, this is by no means a reason to avoid this release. In all of its musical aptitude, this type of melodic proficiency is greatly lacking in today’s music industry. Chalk one up for the dark horses.



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Raz0rGrind23
April 13th 2011


423 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Decided to review something a bit different. One of my all time favorites. Feedback welcome!

Zettel
April 13th 2011


599 Comments


The review needs more polishing, but you did a good job. I enjoyed reading, and this sounds interesting.

thebhoy
Emeritus
April 13th 2011


4461 Comments


need to hear this guy. Don Ross is the man.

Raz0rGrind23
April 13th 2011


423 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for the feedback fellas. I would say this is a step above ol Don Ross.

BallsToTheWall
April 13th 2011


44630 Comments


I am pretty sure my brother is huge into this guy. Never listened to him though.

Digging: Mare Cognitum - Phobos Monolith

Raz0rGrind23
April 13th 2011


423 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Its a nice relaxing listen. Give it a shot. Surprised the hell out of me...

NeutralThunder12
April 13th 2011


8742 Comments


he is the best of all the guys that do this

Raz0rGrind23
April 14th 2011


423 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fully agreed Neutral. While Andy McKee might be a lot of fun to watch, Dufour definitely has more complex song structures.

DurzoBlint
April 14th 2011


1182 Comments


Im not big on this album to be honest, I prefer his solo guitar stuff. Not a big fan of the violin in general.

Review is good though, you get the sound of album across well.

Raz0rGrind23
April 14th 2011


423 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Durzo- must say man, the violin is icing on the cake for me. But yes, in other releases I can see why it would be over kill for some. The violin definitely ruins 'Birth' on the Naissance release. Thats where Dufour should be left to shine on his own.

DurzoBlint
April 15th 2011


1182 Comments


Argh I hate dam violins! lol. Have you heard antoine's cover of hide and seek? that song is magical(Imogen's version and his). I'd like to read a review of a solo acoustic album though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNPCI8y9avc - Give it a look if your bored.

Raz0rGrind23
April 15th 2011


423 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Not bad....but its a bit average compared to songs off this album:-) I prefer the faster, more techical grooves.

DurzoBlint
April 15th 2011


1182 Comments


Yeah so do I, I just love imogen heap lol

Raz0rGrind23
April 15th 2011


423 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lol, You should post a review

DurzoBlint
April 16th 2011


1182 Comments


Not even thought about doing a review, id probably be crap unfortunately.



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