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Kulju, Dave: Abstract Expression

Abstract Expression, the new solo album from Electrum guitarists Dave Kulju, is a solid collection of fusion and prog-rock songs that shows his love for bands like The Dixie Dregs, Genesis, Mike Oldfield, Rush, Echolyn, and Kansas. All instrumental, and not just a "guitar lovers" experience, Abstract Expression blends many styles and moods, proving that Kulju has a penchant for songwriting in addition to his fine guitar and keyboard skills. There's plenty of tasty playing here, but for the most part things are sort of restrained, so don't expect a "chops-zilla" type of environment. Highlights are the 15-minute prog epic "Somnium", with no shortage of complex guitar & keyboard interplay, the meeting of Mellotron & Dregs-ish fusion on "Hieland Road", the raucous "Internal Combustion", and the calming ambient/jazz textures of "The Water Discipline". Dave has some friends helping him out with some various parts throughout the album, but for the most part it's him playing all the instruments, and he does a good job. Abstract Expression is a fun listen, highly melodic, and recommended to those who like instrumental progressive rock with a touch of jazz-fusion.

Track Listing
1) Internal Combustion (4:42)
2) Don't Mind Me (4:35)
3) Hieland Road (4:32)
4) Pleiades (5:38)
5) Depth Of Autumn (5:57)
6) Picnic At The Slag Heap (2:19)
7) The Main Attraction (5:18)
8) Somnium (15:16)
9) The Water Discipline (4:59)

Added: May 24th 2007
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
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Language: english

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