That Was Then, This Is Now

That Was Then, This Is Now

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by Andy Timmons
     
 
Apparently nothing -- not punk, not grunge, nor any other movement based on the virtues of either economy or primitivism -- can kill the guitar god. There's just too much mythology woven into the idea of the nimble-fingered whiz standing heroically and playing faster than anyone outside of the Berklee School could imagine. So it is with Timmons

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Apparently nothing -- not punk, not grunge, nor any other movement based on the virtues of either economy or primitivism -- can kill the guitar god. There's just too much mythology woven into the idea of the nimble-fingered whiz standing heroically and playing faster than anyone outside of the Berklee School could imagine. So it is with Timmons, whose chops burn throughout this album like fire through dry brush. With only bass and drums behind him, he has unlimited room, all of which he fills with singing lines, hammer-ons, menacing low-register effects, and above all lots and lots of notes. (The one exception to this incendiary approach is the final track, "Slips Away," whose dedication to George Harrison more or less forces Timmons to put the brakes on.) The problem, of course, is that this style is about nothing else other than virtuosity; bluntly, the point it to show off. It's a gunslinger mentality that guides players like Timmons, but instead of pistols drawn at high noon, they stake out their territory at center stage and concentrate on blowing everybody away -- fans as well as the competition. Ultimately this aesthetic leads nowhere; the more real creative risks you take, the less likely you are to make an impression on connoisseurs who have learned to measure excellence by the guitarist's sheer velocity and use of certain idiomatic licks. The fact that these essentially similar tracks were recorded from 1994 to 2001 only makes their one-dimensional character more evident; in that respect, That Was Then, This Is Now is no better or worse than what's already been laid down in this genre and what's sure to follow (although, to be fair, it seems unlikely anybody else will dare to cover Charlie Parker's "Donna Lee" as a surfer jam after this treatment by Timmons).

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Release Date:
05/07/2002
Label:
Favored Nations
UPC:
0690897220027
catalogNumber:
2200

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This guy disses a whole genre of music rather than judging this masterpiece of an album by Mr. Timmons. It is really disgusting. "That Was Then, This is Now" is one of the best debut virtuoso albums out there in my opinion (and many others who happen to enjoy "virtuoso instrumentals") and Andy Timmons is an awesome player with tons of soul. There are so many intricacies in his playing and attention to dynamics makes his playing utterly breathtaking. It seems like all of the reviewers on this site bash a whole genre of music they do not understand instead of getting competent people to rate the music according to its genre. You can take this sites review of Bucketheads "Colma" as another example of predjudice. If you look anywhere else, the reviews of the aforementioned albums are overwhelmingly positive.
theDagda More than 1 year ago
Robert L. Doerschuk from the Rovi All Music Guide obviously doesn't like electric guitar instrumental music. Why he was elected to review a CD of Andy Timmon's solo instrumental work is beyond me. Thankfully, you don't have to read reviews from some blowhard to "know" whether or not this CD is good. Listen to the sample tracks, Google Andy Timmons, check out his website, etc. Timmons stands out amongst the "betcha can't play this" crowd with his soul - his tone is unmatched and unmistakable; "crying" with joy, tears, and laughter. This CD shows his progress over several years, and is a great precursor to his phenomenal "Resolution" CD. Craft, tone, and soul ... all rolled into one. That's Andy Timmons ... and this CD rocks!