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4Front: Radio Waves Goodbye

For all the poorly-produced, unoriginal hackneyed junk there is floating around in this world (or so I'm told), I'm glad I encounter so few of them. Case in point: 4Front, a talented, relentlessly energetic and somewhat innovative little trio out of New Jersey. Comprised of Joe Bergamini (drums), Frank LaPlaca (bass) and Zak Rizvi (guitars, keyboards), these guys often come heartbreakingly close to brilliance.

The compositions (most of them penned by Rizvi) are focused and, for the most part, a strong indication that he's an ace composer who, within the span of two or three albums, garner some serious attention from either the fusion or progressive (or both) scene. For all the fire that his compositions have, one of his more genius-like moments was covering Bowie's "Space Oddity," tossing in a bit of Peter Shilling's "Major Tom" and a dash of something I won't tell you about here.

Although the guitar production, in places, gets a little pastel, a little thin, the compositions shine through. If there's anything else to criticize, it's that the disc feels a little long toward the end (mostly because discs are getting shorter, by and large, these days) but that's hardly something that should stop you from making Radio Waves Goodbye one of your own. (Just break it up into two sittings.)

Great playing (everywhere) and great melodies (especially the lovely "Burial At Sea").

Added: June 11th 2003
Reviewer: Jedd Beaudoin
Related Link: Joe Bergamini Dot Com
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Language: english

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