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Harris, Michael: Orchestrate

Michael Harris is one of the most talented guitarists on the planet. Period. However, as any listener of instrumental rock/metal knows, it isn't just about talent that makes a great album. It's also about composition.

This is where Michael Harris excels and leaves so many guitarists behind. While his compositions may never be compared in quality to that of Bach or Mozart, he certainly excels over most, if not all, other neo-classical guitarists I have come across. To some that might not say much, but Harris does not fall in love with a certain scale that he can sweep pick the fastest, and instead develops songs based on substance.

So, if you want a shred-fest then you will want to stay away from this album. While the technicality and speed is there often enough to please those listeners, the search for shredding bliss would only lessen one's enjoyment of the album.

The only disappointing facet to this album is that the orchestral instruments were all digital. Sure they sound pretty good, but there was something missing in them. However, with an understanding of the cost and headaches to get an orchestra to actually learn your material and play it; I have forgiveness in my heart. In fact, if anybody reads Frank Zappa's autobiography they will understand.


Track Listing
1. Opus Conceptus
2. String Theory
3. The Mad Composer's Rage
4. Notes From The Kursk
5. Battle At Storm's Edge
6. Guiprice
7. Mysterioso
8. Octavian II
9. The Anti Shred
10. Schizo Forte

Added: June 5th 2007
Reviewer: Scott Borre
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Related Link: Michael Harris Website
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Language: english

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