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Side One [Digipak]

  • 1. Ampersand
    2. Writing on the Wall
    3. Matchless Man
    4. Madness
    5. Walk Around the World
    6. Beat Box Guitar
    7. Under the Radar
    8. Elephants
    9. Pause
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 84738

  • Credits
    ProducerAdrian Belew; Adrian Belew
    EngineerKen Latchney; Ken Latchney

    Personnel: Adrian Belew (vocals); Adrian Belew (various instruments, guitar); Gary Lee Tussing, Gary Tussing (cello); Les Claypool (bass guitar); Peter Hyrka (violin); Danny Carey (drums, tabla).
    Audio Mixer: Ken Latchney.
    Recording information: Rancho Relaxo, CA; Studiobelew.
    By 2005, it had been nearly eight years since Adrian Belew had unleashed an all-new solo studio effort. That's not to say he wasn't busy, though, as he toured/recorded with both King Crimson and the Bears during this time. And in the process, he became quite friendly with two of rock's top players -- Primus' Les Claypool and Tool's Danny Carey -- who happened to be major Belew fans. As a result, Belew invited the duo to play on several tracks on Side One. But be forewarned: they do not appear on the entire album, which is a shame, because the two best tracks -- "Ampersand" and "Writing on the Wall" (the latter of which is a fierce funk-rocker, quite reminiscent of early-'80s-era King Crimson) -- are the ones that contain this stellar lineup. But that's not to say the other tracks aren't worthwhile; other standouts include the noisy, repetitive epic "Madness" (which could have fit snugly on Crimson's 2003 effort, The Power to Believe) and a tribute to pachyderms everywhere, the appropriately titled "Elephants." At barely over 30 minutes in length, some fans who have patiently waited this long for a new Belew release may be disappointed initially, before finding out the good news -- the guitarist will be releasing two additional solo releases in 2005 (Side Two and Side Three). ~ Greg Prato

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.69) - "Belew commingles various electronics-based treatments with his roaring and wily, shockwave guitar licks, generally executed atop booming rhythmic patterns."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 - "With an apparently effortless command of technique Adrian Belew is able to make his guitar do almost anything....[An] intriguing album..."
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