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Hectic Watermelon - The Great American Road trip [Predator Fish - 2006]

Hectic watermelon mix  prog rock, virtuoso guitar work, jazz rock as well as flecks of metal, country and other genres to varying effect.Seemly to be constantly walking the thin line between been rewarding/enjoyable and been over blow and just too much. Like a lot of virtuoso guitar collectives or guitar soloist- one feels a lot of the time it’s all about showing how fast or how fancy they can play things, and not concentrating on making a pleasing or  interesting songs.

Ultimately  the slower more completive tracks seem to work best here. Where it’s more about adding to melodies and growing on there depth, Then see how fast and cleverly you can rip one solo into another riff. Like the opener Sacred watershed- were a mellow Joe satriani  vibe cum the riff from  The boys of summer- is weaved in and out of  with some nice flourishers of soloing guitar,  making a elegant and lush atmosphere. The track also features violin which really works rather well, this appears on a few other tracks really giving a different edge to normal guitar twiddling. Sadly though there more missers than hits here, and some  really low points like their cringe inducing attempt at try to mix a hip-hop/ rap vibe into their music on The third derivative of James Brown. Which really brings to mind someones dad trying to do rap music.

Clearly all the band can play the instruments inside out and back to front- but really there’s not enough here to appeal beyond fret caressing fans. Zappa(older & younger) & Satriani- did this so much better  with more flare and humour and originality.

Rating: 2 out of 5Rating: 2 out of 5Rating: 2 out of 5Rating: 2 out of 5Rating: 2 out of 5

Roger Batty
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