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“Other True Self” by Vernon Reid & Masque

Artist: Vernon Reid & Masque
Title: “Other True Self”
Label: Favored Nations
Release Date: 4/18/2006
Genre: Progressive Instrumental
Rating: 2.5/5

I have to begin by saying that I have not been a fan of Vernon Reid’s guitar playing. He is best known for his work with Living Color, and considered by many to be an excellent guitarist. I have seen him live with Living Color a few times, and even caught him jamming with Santana and I have also owned Living Color CD’s. The operative word is “owned” as I ended up giving them away when I could no longer stand the average songs, disjointed meandering and seemingly pointless solos. I also felt that his guitar sound was the issue for instead of clean and stylish technique the listener got a horrible, buzzy, ratty & abrasive guitar tone. In my opinion the much-vaunted solo on “Cult of Personality” was a buzz saw mass of incomprehensible pointless bullshit.
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“Resolution” by Andy Timmons

Artist: Andy Timmons
Title: “Resolution”
Label: Favored Nations
Release Date: 5/2/2006
Genre: Progressive Rock
Rating: 4/5

Resolution is Andy Timmons first new full-length release on the Favored Nations label, where Andy holds his own in good company with other guitar virtuosos like Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and Eric Johnson. Timmons hits the mark with an instrumental album that has well written songs with memorable melody lines that make this album more than just a display of technique.
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