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Quality Through & Through
on August 25, 2001
BLS' first cd, BLACK LIGHT SYNDROME, was so good I actually had great hopes for the then-fledgling Magna Carta label. Although they were thrown together as per the standard MC formula - Supergroups While U Wait - the resulting music was wonderfully organic-sounding, as if these three guys had been waiting all their lives to play in the same band without knowing it. (It helps that none of them have a signature 'day-job' band they're vacationing from - and I consider Papa Bear too much of a Renaissance man to refer to him as 'King Crimson's Tony Levin'.) SITUATION DANGEROUS is the just-released followup, one I wasn't expecting, that's every bit as good as its predecessor. A little different, though: it definitely sounds as if, this time, they had longer than 3 days to whip up something from scratch. A little heavier, too. But what put the debut over the top was the equal contributions of each member in terms of styles, influences, ideas, and, oh yeah, chops, and I'm happy to say that hasn't changed, except that this time they had more time, more resources, and a better feel for one another - do the math for yourself. Bozzio's ferocity puts the majority of today's progmetal double-bass thunder merchants to shame; he's equally masterful when finesse and restraint are called for. Steve Stevens continues to reveal levels of subtlety and taste that go far beyond the big-hair flash he's unfairly identified with, as exemplified by not only his playing but his classy liner-notes tribute to the late great Curtis Mayfield. And Levin? You need me to tell you how fluid, seamless and exciting a player HE is? There's no Stickmeister extant who coaxes more lyrical sounds from that odd-looking doohickey. SITUATION is as satisfying an audio purchase as I've made recently; you could do plenty worse than to grab yourself a copy.