Vinnie Moore
Mind's Eye


5.0
classic

Review

by KJ USER (32 Reviews)
December 2nd, 2011 | 39 replies | 6,430 views


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The best virtuoso album of its time? Very possible.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

They say hindsight is always 20-20; well, 1987's Mind's Eye is a classic shred masterpiece that effectively combines skill, catchy melodies, and mind-blowing solos to create an album that still demands respect even today. While its style can now be considered dated, Mind's Eye does rise above the cheesy, overly-gaudy drum tracking and effect-saturated guitar tones that became so cliché in the '80s metal scene. Instead, Moore wisely opts to keep the emphasis on his musical and songwriting prowess.

The first thing I notice as the 1st track ("In Control") starts is how well the rhythm flows as I naturally find my foot tapping along to music. I mention this because even as a Prog lover myself, far too often within the virtuoso circle, artists suck themselves into the rut of showcasing only technical proficiency rather than creating remarkably skilled, quality music that an untrained ear may still enjoy.

Fortunately, the rhythm remains rock solid throughout the album, never leaving the listener feeling confused by strange time signatures, oddly broken up measures, or mindless shredding that would be about as exciting as watching your professor stand on stage doing math problems. The simplicity on the backend allows for Moore's guitar work to grab center stage, and blast off to another planet.

Moore relies heavily on high-to-low, and low-to-high arpeggio runs on the G, B, and E to form many of the choruses and motifs. While Moore's style can become repetitive and at times predictable, Moore keeps each song fresh and manages to avoid the perception of all the songs mashing up to form a single epic. Frankly, it's a bit difficult to describe an album of this kind beyond, "impressive, tasteful shredding, check it out;" thus, this is where I'll tell you that the album is in fact quite impressive, comprised of tasteful shredding, and is certainly worth a listen. Or ten.

The sole minor complaint I can muster up is that the whole album is performed with a distorted guitar tone, excluding a minute long classical intro on "Saved By A Miracle." Additional clean work would've only strengthened this magnum opus, but this shortcoming is quickly forgotten by the sheer awesomeness of the actual finished product.

All in all, while Moore may not possess the string-melting capability of Malmsteen, nor the sensual feel of Timmons, Moore does very well with his talents, which results in a stellar album that is tough to top by any standards. I also can't help but wonder why Moore wasn't even more highly regarded in his prime.

Recommended tracks:
"Daydream"
"Shadows Of Yesterday"
"The Journey"



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 2nd 2011



5915 Comments


very good review for a first, pos.




A few suggestions:

While it is in style dated to its era

While its style can be considered as dated nowadays


the whole album is performed with distortion

I'm not sure about what you mean in this sentence, please elaborate.

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TheNotrap
December 2nd 2011



7981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

One of the greatest guitar albums released in the 80's.
Amazing guitar player.

Also a good review.
Pos'd.

bloc
December 2nd 2011



34675 Comments


I always felt like this man was underrated

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 2nd 2011



5915 Comments


In the early days of his career he was in Vicious Rumors, however he was not much of a team player so he left them, after their debut, to go solo.

Indeed he is underrated, as a solo guitarist, that is.

stabbler
December 2nd 2011



1415 Comments


excellent album

KjSwantko
December 2nd 2011



9054 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Voivoid when I said it was played with Distortion, I was referring to strictly the guitar tone; it wasn't ever just a clean tone. Yeah that sentence was kinda funky tho.

Thanks for the feedback. Fixing now.

KILL
December 9th 2011



70599 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea rules

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KjSwantko
December 9th 2011



9054 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah, album slays hard

TheNotrap
December 9th 2011



7981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Tony Macalpine's Maximum Security is also an amazing guitar album.

KjSwantko
December 9th 2011



9054 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yessir it is. That's probably my 2nd favorite guitar album from that era, behind this of course.

TheNotrap
December 9th 2011



7981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Don't you like Malmsteen's Rising Force?
An absolute masterpiece IMO.

KjSwantko
December 9th 2011



9054 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh hell yeah, I 4.5'd that too. Icarus' Dream Suite Opus 4 off that is probably my favorite Yngwie song ever

TheNotrap
December 9th 2011



7981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Don't miss M.A.R.S. Project: Driver

Line-up:
Rob Rock – vocals
Tony MacAlpine – guitar, keyboard
Tommy Aldridge – drums
Rudy Sarzo – bass guitar

If you wish take a look (and listen to this amazing solo):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnltCee7zgQ

TheNotrap
December 9th 2011



7981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

25/5 stuff
50/5 solo

KjSwantko
December 9th 2011



9054 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

In the words of Devin Townsend- Oh My Fucking God.

never even heard that before. That was very good, thanks trap. Even heard some sweeps in there too which was rare for the time

TheNotrap
December 9th 2011



7981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Extreme unknown and underrated.
Tony MacAlpine's performance is epic.

KjSwantko
December 9th 2011



9054 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah I'd literally never heard of MARS before. And neither has anyone else apparently since you're the only one to rate them on here lol

TheNotrap
December 9th 2011



7981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Hahahha
I believe it's true.

I bought the vinyl back in the 80's.
Emotional value.

KjSwantko
December 9th 2011



9054 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Vinyl & sick virtuosos ftw

TheNotrap
December 9th 2011



7981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

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