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Other True Self
     

Other True Self

4.5 2
by Vernon Reid & Masque
 
It's hard to say exactly what was missing from Vernon Reid's last album, Known Unknown. He had basically the same players and seemingly the same basic elements as on Mistaken Identity, but it somehow didn't add up to the same thrilling experience (despite being a fine album). Maybe it was the difference in production teams; maybe the songs weren't quite

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It's hard to say exactly what was missing from Vernon Reid's last album, Known Unknown. He had basically the same players and seemingly the same basic elements as on Mistaken Identity, but it somehow didn't add up to the same thrilling experience (despite being a fine album). Maybe it was the difference in production teams; maybe the songs weren't quite there -- who knows? Well, that certain something seems to be back with Other True Self. Longtime bandmates Leon Gruenbaum and Hank Schroy are still on board with Don McKenzie in the drummer chair, and Reid assumes sole producer duties for the first time this time out. This is probably the most diverse set of tunes to land on a Masque album, too. "Game Is Rigged" starts things out with some of the hard rock flourishes you might expect from Vernon Reid, but "Flatbush and Church Revisited" is a straight-up reggae number and "Prof. Bebey" is African highlife, Vernon Reid style. Leon Gruenbaum offers up a great hard rocker with "Whiteface" and drummer Don McKenzie wrote the atmospheric "Kizzy." Hank Schroy didn't actually write anything, but did a nice, spacy arrangement for the traditional Brazilian tune "Oxossi." There are a handful of covers as well, with great versions of Radiohead's "National Anthem" and Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence"(!). No matter what the setting, Reid's deranged soloing and unbelievably wonderful, sick tones underscore why he's one of the most instantly recognizable guitarists there is. Leon Gruenbaum is a close second when it comes to wild solos, many of them on his own Samchillian Tip Tip Tip Cheeeepee (search for it to see exactly what it is). There are some truly wild sounds here, and careful listening (try headphones) reveals even more interesting details under the surface. Vernon Reid is probably best known in guitar circles, but this is his most eclectic solo effort to this point and goes way beyond the typical shredder mentality. It's got about as much gonzo guitar as you could ask for, but with none of the macho posturing so prevalent on so many "guitar" albums. It's a well-crafted album, not just a platform for a series of solos. Other True Self is a great band effort led by one of guitar's unique voices, and quite an exciting musical ride.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/18/2006
Label:
Favored Nations
UPC:
0690897255029
catalogNumber:
2550

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vernon Reid & Masque   Primary Artist
Don McKenzie   Drums,Electronic Drums
Vernon Reid   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Electronic)
Leon Gruenbaum   Piano,Glockenspiel,Keyboards,Melodica,Toy Piano
Hank Schroy   Electric Bass,Bass Guitar,Acoustic Bass,Upright Bass

Technical Credits

Tony Williams   Composer
Danny Blume   Composer
Martin Gore   Composer
Don McKenzie   Composer
Vernon Reid   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Colin Greenwood   Composer
Jonny Greenwood   Composer
Ed O'Brien   Composer
Phil Selway   Composer
Leon Gruenbaum   Composer
Jason Kibler   Composer
Thom Yorke   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Tony Fitzpatrick   Artwork
Chris Zane   Engineer
Billy Pavone   Engineer
Christian Castagno   Composer

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Other True Self 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this album was much better than "Known Unknown." He explores a little more with the space of music and it's even a little more fun to listen too. I have listened to it fully 3 times already and I got it yesterday so that should be a good bench mark for how it is. You will thoroughly enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guitarist fans, this CD is for you. Although it may not be exactly the same style as Reid's most famous efforts in Living Color, it is a great mix of rock, jazz, fusion. It is a return to Vernon Reid's roots, songs about his childhood, growing up etc. Its real, imaginative, creative, technical..its got everything you really need from Vernon. I recommend this CD.