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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Tony MacAlpine's self-titled tenth solo album is his first such effort in a decade, that is, since 2001's Chromaticity. Of course, he's hardly been idle in that period, playing and recording with the power trio CAB and playing in Steve Vai's touring band, among other activities. But that he has returned to solo work and given this disc simply his own name indicates a re-dedication to his career as a frontman. Nevertheless, his extensive work in groups has had an impact. Here, bassist Philip Bynoe and drummer Virgil Donati make like they are a heavy metal rhythm section for the most part, and MacAlpine takes off for the stratosphere, rampaging through soaring riffs at ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Tony MacAlpine's self-titled tenth solo album is his first such effort in a decade, that is, since 2001's Chromaticity. Of course, he's hardly been idle in that period, playing and recording with the power trio CAB and playing in Steve Vai's touring band, among other activities. But that he has returned to solo work and given this disc simply his own name indicates a re-dedication to his career as a frontman. Nevertheless, his extensive work in groups has had an impact. Here, bassist Philip Bynoe and drummer Virgil Donati make like they are a heavy metal rhythm section for the most part, and MacAlpine takes off for the stratosphere, rampaging through soaring riffs at high speed. But he doesn't leave his bandmates behind, always staying within the arrangements rather than just showboating. Back in his earlier solo days, he had finally taken to the microphone for some singing, but this is an all-instrumental effort. As in the past, however, he gives over some time to his keyboard abilities, notably plinking through some jazzy piano playing halfway through "10 Seconds to Mercury" and overdubbing himself in the minor-key piano and acoustic guitar duet that is "Flowers for Monday." He also leaves room for his classical tendencies, although this time, instead of sitting down to play a Chopin piece on piano, he instead comes up with an electric guitar arrangement for Schumann's "The Dedication" to end the album. It brings out another of his major influences for, if most would consider him in the Vai/Joe Satriani school of guitar shredders, his pop/classical tendencies suggest Queen's Brian May.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2011
  • Label: Favored Nations
  • UPC: 690897273092
  • Catalog Number: 2730
  • Sales rank: 102,945

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Serpens Cauda (4:22)
  2. 2 Ölüdeniz (5:15)
  3. 3 Fire Mountain (4:22)
  4. 4 Dream Mechanism (4:18)
  5. 5 10 Seconds To Mercury (4:35)
  6. 6 Flowers For Monday (3:04)
  7. 7 Angel of Twilight (5:02)
  8. 8 Pyrokinesis (3:56)
  9. 9 Blue Maserati (4:41)
  10. 10 Summer Palace (4:35)
  11. 11 Salar De Uyuni (5:39)
  12. 12 The Dedication (4:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tony MacAlpine Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Virgil Donati Drums
Philip Bynoe Bass
Marco Minnemann Drums
Technical Credits
Robert Schumann Composer
Tony MacAlpine Composer, Programming, Producer
Dave Collins Mastering
Staci Robley Accounting
Michael Mesker Executive Producer, Art Direction, Management
Mark A. Abbattista Legal Advisor
Margaret Robley Accounting
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