Allan Holdsworth
Secrets


4.5
superb

Review

by ClemintineBree USER (12 Reviews)
November 20th, 2012 | 9 replies


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Allan doing what he does but showing a new edge to his jazz guitar and jazz compositions.

Allan is a master musician specializing in jazz guitar and writes amazing music and is one of the greatest artist to come out of the jazz scene. His discog speaks for itself. The music on Secrets is different than his earlier work due to the clean nature of the production and his writing style being more jazzy than jazz fuzion. We often look to jazz for music that is creative and explorative and Allan always hits the mark. He's not about shredding although he can and does, he'd rather twist your mind with obscure phrasings and signatures that rip face. Will still have the usage of incorporating vocals into the mix when necessary but not as prominant on metal fatigue, one of his earlier albums. The title tracks has a brief female interlude then comes the tasty drum and synth effect works which are mellow and steamy like the album art desires. Although some tracks like this don't change much tempo, they don't need to and are still very enjoyable.

We have some explorations with more airy,spacey, mellow vibes like "54 Duncan Terrace" which is a journies travel to an unknown rock mass of an outer galaxy. Its mellow and slow and delicate, almost like snowflakes. The slow flankings of a clean chord dance and dance until a random distorted one note ending to add apparent dynamics. I particulary love "Joshua" which is a beautiful track which begins with clean synth pianos with stringed harmonies that kicks into a steve vai esq solo yet its still Allan all the way, just for comparisons sake. The emotions with this track are more associated with sadness or even deep love for another human mate, the cymbal drum work feels like rain sometimes. With great variation to tracks and a great addition to an already great master, Allan invites all to give this masterpeice a listen.



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Fort23
November 19th 2012


2480 Comments


OMG DUDE THIS SOUNDS SO COOL WHO IS THIS MAN

fireandblood
November 19th 2012


198 Comments


I hate this dude's music, but nice review I guess.

FictionalFlames
November 19th 2012


1517 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

props for reviewing this, Holdsworth is a beast at chord progressions!

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2012


16125 Comments


if this is a synthaxe album i think ill pass, nice to see him reviewed though

undertakerpt2
November 20th 2012


11 Comments


Not full of synthaxe, even though there is a bit.

FrozenVain
November 20th 2012


2482 Comments


Allan is baus

Jethro42
November 20th 2012


12624 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review for a good album, posd.

undertakerpt
March 6th 2013


1379 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

best album cover ever?

CaptainDooRight
October 30th 2013


30334 Comments


deep



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