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CD ALBUM

1. Alien Hip Hop
2. Desert Girl
3. Matrix Gate
4. Thinking Stone
5. Space Foam
6. Poland
7. Snuff
8. Kingdom Of Dreams
9. Quantum Factor
10. Ii Zo (Bonus Track)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 6, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Jvc Japan
  • ASIN: B000RG15D8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #854,961 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Better to mix a little quieter than just ruin a would-be 5-star disc.
Graeme P. Swallow
Alan Holdsworth, Rufus Philpot and Brett Garsed do outstanding work on guitar, while keyboardist Sherinian and drummer Donati give their usual great performances.
D. L. Worthing
"Desert Girl" starts out with nice symphonic keyboards and a beautiful piano melody before it picks up pace thanks to Donati's funky playing.
Murat Batmaz

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Murat Batmaz on May 22, 2007
Format: Audio CD
It has been five years since Moon Babies came out, and it would be wise to say it's been worth the wait. Instrumental rock, metal and fusion project Planet X are back. Driven by keyboardist Derek Sherinian and drum god Virgil Donati, their new album sees them returning to the composition-based style of Planet X and Universe, more so than its predecessor, which relied more heavily on mindblowing instrumental prowess.

Without doubt, the biggest plus of Quantum is that Allan Holdsworth appears on two tracks. Unfortunately, because of scheduling commitments, he could not do the whole album, but fear not, for another amazing guitarist, Brett Garsed, has returned to the fold, filling the songs with amazing chops and his unique legato phrasings. As most will remember, it was Garsed who played on the very first Derek Sherinian album Planet X, which still ranks as most fans' favourites. Both Garsed and Holdsworth are known for their unmatched legato-style playing, backed by killer tone and amazing solos. The two Holdsworth pieces, "Desert Girl" and "The Thinking Stone", are wildly improvised. "Desert Girl" starts out with nice symphonic keyboards and a beautiful piano melody before it picks up pace thanks to Donati's funky playing. It then launches into a fantastic improvised passage, highlighting Holdsworth's talents. Surprisingly, the song is also quite heavy compared to stuff we've come to expect from Holdsworth's solo material, so it's a much welcome change. "The Thinking Stone" has also some cool tribal drum beats and the guitar playing is mindblowing.

The band tests heavier waters on "Matrix Gate", one of their most complex pieces on this disc, blending busy rhythms with groove-inflected drum and bass battery.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Barnard on September 28, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I've been getting into Derek Sherinian's solo material and Planet X (which he started with drummer Virgil Donati) for about the past four years. I must say I've been impressed with most everything he's done since leaving Dream Theater. He takes progressive rock, metal, jazz fusion and electronic and combines them in unique ways. His keyboard sound and style are somewhat similar to Jan Hammer -- however he loves to get the hottest guitar players on earth to solo all over his music, so you only get so many Derek solos per album.

(I refer to this as Derek's solo material only because I've always viewed Planet X as really being a Derek Sherinian solo project. However I'm wrong, because Donati contributed heavily to this album, and he's the other half of the band. Either way, to me Derek's solo albums and Planet X are pretty much interchangeable.)

In this case he has Alan Holdsworth and Brett Garsed sitting in on guitar. Holdsworth, who should need no introduction, appears on only a few tracks while Garsed, who is equally superb, handles the bulk of the work.

I think this new release is fantastic, a real solid effort. In fact, I'd take this release over the new Dream Theater hands down. The compositions are creative and unique, the musicianship defies human capability and the engineering is superb.

Unfortunately, at times this also suffers from some of the same pitfalls that plague the genre: that is to say the music becomes so technical at times that it loses its "soul." And there are times when it just overwhelms you: the first night I was listening to this with the headphones, I had barely made it through track 5 when I had to take a break. The rapid time changes and the endlessly cascading runs of notes just started to confuse my poor brain.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ian Martin on August 1, 2007
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By what criteria do you rate a progressive rock fusion album on steroids? If I was rating this merely on musical skill on display, it would have to be 5 stars.

Yes, there is mind-blowing technical prowess on display throughout this album and I laugh at the the sheer audacity of what these musicians present with finesse. I am sure Vinnie and Simon Phillips are grateful they were not invited to play drums on the opening track - for drummers out there - listen with caution - as Virgil kicks serious poly-rhythmic butt! Complexity that most rock drummers wouldn't comprehend, and if this isn't enough wait for the double-pedal speed kick in the final track's extended drum extravaganza!

This progressive drumming master class never abates and as much I believed it was Virgil who keeps the excitement going through their live album I hesitantly suggest that there are just too many time changes on every single track and that his compositional style weakens this album. I would have thought that Derek Sherinian, as the awesome keyboardist he is, would have surely been able to at least share 50% of the compositional credits. I would have preferred a variety of compositional styles as the repeated minor motifs that appear in nearly all the tracks make this almost repetitious towards the second half of the album. [Hence my initial award of 3 stars].

The second track is the highlight for me and the very different piano approach in the opening bars with the unmistakable touch of Holdsworth's shimmering chords is wonderful. His solo is like most if not all Allan's work - unmistakable tone, breath taking speed and beauty.
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