Opposite Of War CD (2007)

Artist: Steve Maclean

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Product Overview


Label Rer Usa
SKU 62274261
UPC 752725011020
UPC 14 00752725011020
Format CD
Release Date 3/20/2007
Author Steve Maclean
Associated Artist/Work Cutler, Chris
Technical Info
CatalogID RERSM 1
Lable Name ReR USA
Released 01/15/2001
Original Release 2000
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 50m : 5s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00752725011020
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Steve Maclean (guitar); Tim Inman (keyboards); Jim McGirr (bass); Dave Fields (drums).
Recorded at Mobius, Portland, Maine. Includes liner notes by Steve Maclean.
The Opposite of War was a return to rock music for guitarist Steve MacLean, once very active on the American avant-prog front, particularly with Doctor Nerve. One finds the same angular rhythms and circumvolving melodies on this album, but MacLean adopts a more relaxed pace. He is accompanied by keyboardist Tim Inman, bassist Jim McGirr, and drummer Dave Fields. Written down to the smallest details, the guitarist's compositions are built on interlocking patterns that reveal changing melodies. "Windows, Pt. 2" and "Windows, Pt. 1" constitute the best examples of his art. The patterns that gave them birth don't prevent them from breathing, unlike "Mercy Blues," a stiffer exercise. "Fourth Dimension" reveals a side of the guitarist rarely seen: Tender and reflective, it boasts a surprisingly light melody (as in Chuck Mangione light). In fact, the last three tracks slow down the tempo and veer toward a soft jazz-rock style out of record label ReR's league. It drags down the album a bit. To create a sense of flow, MacLean added short electronic transitions built with Sound Forge plug-ins. It helps keep a sense of cohesion and gives the CD a more clearly defined identity. It remains a good -- but not totally convincing -- comeback. ~ Fran?ois Couture
Professional Reviews
The Wire (6/00, p.60) - "...Tricky jazz-Prog instrumentals....technically very accomplished..."
Disc 1
1 Windows Part 2
2 Flow
3 Star Clusters
4 Windows Part 1
5 Mercy Blues
6 Fourth Dimension
7 Branches
8 Space
Product Attributes
Artist Maclean,Steve
Music Format Compact Disc
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