Evan Brewer
Alone


4.0
excellent

Review

by a est . . i . c el USER (23 Reviews)
August 20th, 2012 | 19 replies | 2,831 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Alone with my Bass....

9 of 10 thought this review was well written

Loneliness in music is an old concept, we find pop albums talking about how she or he is heartbroken, doom metal albums talking about self depravation, nihilism and inner depression, country albums talking about whisky and personal issues. The thing is that the expression of loneliness has been musically channeled a high number of times over the course of this century but not so often you find an album that does it right. Bass guitar player Evan Brewer of The Faceless fame did exactly this on Alone, rather than focusing on already pre-formulated clichés what we have here is a completely original piece of work, I would even call it avant-garde.

Alone is compromised of 10 songs, each song explores different bass techniques and playing styles and must of the tracks are highly technical, Evan adds textured ambient melodies to each track, sometimes subtly (currency) but other times they take an exclusive part of the song (Actualize).What makes this LP such an achievement is that it never gets boring, instrumental albums are known for getting repetitive or boring (and that is even though it depends on your opinion) people usually look for vocals. Alone melodic affair serves as a more than welcome substitute to vocals, they have spirit and emotion and back-up Evan virtuostic bass lines. But that is not all, in vertigo he adds what seems to be percussion and on the following songs he adds more electronic elements that flow and complement perfectly in relation with the bass. Alone instead of becoming redundant and tedious becomes diverse and varied.

As stated before Alone expresses loneliness, the notes change from what could be called just technical virtuosity into emotional riffs that are prominent over the 27 minutes of Alone. Those sections might be inspired by jazz, or at least the engineering on those parts makes them sound so. If you have heard Intronaut’s Valley of Smoke you will have a clear idea of the production on this record’s ambient passages and bass lines. Like flower petals brushed against your cheeks the ambient sections are delicate sensations, subtle nuances; but without them this album would not have captivated a couple of people (including me) plus honestly; bass playing (only) this album would have been tiresome.

What Evan Brewer crafted is a set of songs that stand out each . Alone is a bass album that provides the listener with interesting ideas and surprises him with dazzling notes of ambient bliss. It is an album that I would highly recommend to anyone that is interested in “good” music, Someone that appreciates a minimalist sound and projects something beautiful out of it. Alone is a not to be missed relaxing experience… a very accessible entry into bass guitar music and in the end: A very good beginning to Evan’s solo career.



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GiaNXGX
August 20th 2012



4867 Comments


Third reupload, enjoy :]

CaptainDooRight
August 20th 2012



26372 Comments


solid review bro, I think I actually have this

It was solid but I took it off my ipod eventually so I'll have to jam it again

pos'd

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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
August 20th 2012



4337 Comments


Good stuff here, man. I still need to check this out but you've certainly convinced me to make it a top priority. POS'd.

mindleviticus
August 20th 2012



7937 Comments


Good review. This is kind of boring, tbh.

GiaNXGX
August 20th 2012



4867 Comments


yeah this isnt something with any sort of replay value whatsoever

idk silent, Actualize is so damn catchy.

chesse13
August 20th 2012



2326 Comments


hey isn't it great that he's in the faceless now!


oh wait

GiaNXGX
August 20th 2012



4867 Comments


If Reflux still existed they would-ve teared apart any modern technical progressive wankery band within the core boundaries, but they no longer do :[

FearThyEvil9
August 20th 2012



11334 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah this isnt something with any sort of replay value whatsoever

Definitely agree with this. It's basically a one and done no matter how good it was.

FearThyEvil9
August 20th 2012



11334 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Truth

LifeAsAChipmunk
August 20th 2012



4854 Comments


A XGX review! Have a pos.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 20th 2012



30294 Comments


Not a bad review but it still needs a fair amount of proofreading, which is weird given that this is the second time that you've uploaded the review to this site

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bloc
August 20th 2012



34491 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This gets old quick. Dude has chops though; I wish he shined more on Autotheism though.

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Azn.
December 18th 2012



5306 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh wow I forgot about this.

Wish it were catchier.

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DotEight
January 18th 2013



5434 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

BASSEDGOD.

oltnabrick
June 16th 2013



29282 Comments


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GiaNXGX
June 16th 2013



4867 Comments


lol

GiaNXGX
June 17th 2013



4867 Comments


I remember when i first submit this here on sput, good times

Relinquished
June 17th 2013



22350 Comments


this is still good

YakNips
June 17th 2013



4851 Comments


Still bass on this album

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