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Metal Fatigue

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Allan Holdsworth is among the most elusive and enigmatic of guitar heroes: as important to rockers such as Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai as he is to renegade electric jazzmen like Frank Zappa and Dave Fiuczynski. Yet for all his overwhelming technical command, his albums have been wildly uneven. On Metal Fatigue's title track and "In the Mystery," Holdsworth's sensual chordal backdrops and bold, expansive rhythmic changes are mitigated by sappy "If I Were King of the Forest," vocals, a pointless nod to the faux song-form posturings of progressive rock bands, which are meant to justify all the "musicianship" but serve only to steer listeners away from some rip-roaring solos. Still, if you can filter out the odd bits, Metal Fatigue offers a bite-sized freeze-frame of Holdsworth's essential artistry. Holdsworth's digitally delayed chordal raindrops on "Home" serve as a churchy backdrop for some simple, expressive acoustic guitar. But for devout pilgrims, Holdsworth's anthemic solo on "Devil" is the full monty. Holdsworth's canny use of whang-bar vibrato and rapid hammer-on effects give his fleet, soaring lines a horn-like aura that transcends the instrument itself, bordering on the realm of pure speech and song. --Chip Stern
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 1, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Restless Records
  • ASIN: B000003BHZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #460,334 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is my first Allan Holdworth cd... probably the first of many. I'm not normally into jazz or fusion, but after hearing how amazing Holdsworth was and getting him recommended to me left and right, i finally decided to take a chance and, man, am i glad i did! Holdsorth is definitely one of only a handful of guitarists that can make a good claim to the "greatest living guitarist" crown and, quite frankly, i couldn't argue against him deserving it. I really thought i'd heard the best that a virtuoso guitarist could offer... Vai, Satriani, Eric Johnson, Malmsteen, Shawn Lane (among many others)... all amazing in their own right... but i wonder if any of them could do what Holdsworth does.

First, the title track opens the album in a very rocking way. A very cool opening riff that is soon accompanied by busy, jazzy drums and bass. The riff is expanded on throughout the course of the song, usually by Holdworth's stunning tremolo use and odd scale runs. The clean guitar work in the verses are equally as good. I can only begin to guess what chords Holdsworth are using, but they all sound note perfect. The vocals are pleasant enough... the lyrics... well, if you're buying this album, it isn't for the lyrics, so why make a big deal out of them? Just enjoy them for the melodic effect. The solo, like most on this album, feature THE BEST legato work of any guitarst i've ever heard. I've heard guitarists play this fast, but never, EVER this cleanly and precise. Holdsworth legato is second to none and heads and shoulders above any guitarist i've ever heard.

Home, the beauty of the album, begins with background chatter from people, but is joined by, what is, one of the most gorgeous guitar tones i've ever heard. It sounds as if tears are dripping from Holdsworth's guitar.
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Metal Fatigue is an INCREDIBLE achievement that lingers in the mind for years after your first listen. Simply put, this recording is one of Holdsworth's best and exemplifies his incredibly unique approach to the guitar. So different is Holdsworth's sound that he essentially redefines the boundaries of the instrument. But understand this, you DONT buy a HOLDSWORTH recording to hear catchy lyrics or a typical song composition. What you DO get it for is to hear an unparalleled genius provide his take on the music, whatever it is, that's happening around him. That's what he he delivers and it's what makes him great. Holdsworth's amazing achievements can be appreciated stand-alone, or as MUSICAL INTEPRETATIONS by a genius. And make no mistake about it - Holdsworth is in every way a genius.
Whoever equated "Mr. Mister" to ANYTHING on METAL FATIGUE is completely out of line. Yeah, the lyrics drive me crazy sometimes and they don't always sound as cool as an 80's pop tune, but are you reviewing the lyrics or are you reviewing Holdsworth? Even if you take the approach that you must review the entire work and all supporting members, Holdsworth's is such a triumph of musical possibilities and sheer passion that he simply overshadows anything "Mr Misterish".
I can listen to Holdsworth over and over again, and each time take something different away from the experience. Holdsworth is an artist, and like many artists past and present, he is misunderstood and underappreciated by many whose brains have been turned to jello by what our collective FM radio stations pump out on a daily basis. Boring? Not at all - Holdsworth speaks through his music, and he has an incredible story, an EPIC story to tell with each musical passage, but nobody said understanding it would be easy.
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Again a perfect CD, a trascendental recording of the unique Master. This recording is a perfect blend between Jazz and Rock stations because the Rock rhythmic and tempo formats against all the bizarre Jazz harmony that is accuratetly used song by song. The opening track "Metal Fatigue" begins with a great distorted riff with an intriging guitar efect (a pitch shifter pedal?) that makes sense when the rhythm section begins to play conducting this extraordinary riff to the first Paul Williams vocal lines... Then the clear chorused comping chords appear wonderfully. What a fantastic gimmick to begin a record! Only a talented genious like him would had done something like that...

"Devil Take The Hindmost" is another OUT OF THIS WORLD song that still is breaking standar listening formats. The solo is everything, it is perfection in every note, in every single bar, demostrating not only its sonic ambiguity but the fast liquid legato Holdsworth trademark... The solo of "In The Mistery" is a real "easy" one too, against the others, as well as the "Panic Station" song, just to give place to the science fiction suite "The Un-Merry Go-Round", another fantastic theme to continue with the emotion and take it to a highest level, the climax of the recording: Outstanding, Extraordinary, Trascendental...

Since the first day I heard this record, I thought ¿What is happening here?... I've already heard some years before to Allan Holdsworth in the first Bill Bruford solo album (1977), where the music gave birth to a new genre: the PROGRESSIVE JAZZ FUSION! music category, afterwards Allan Holdsworth had another big shot with Jean Luc-Ponty in "Enigmatic Ocean" and with U.K. near to Bill Bruford, John Wetton and Eddie Jobson.
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