Thursday, April 14, 2011

Alessandro COSSU: "Pensieri"


Rating: 7/10

Label: Inbdie 2011

Review by Endre 'Bandi' H├╝bner

I usually get scared when a guitarist with an Italian name describes his music as "fusion" cuz usually that means some indigestible chaotic mess. However Alessandro Cossu delivered an independent effort that is absolutely enjoyable, neither overplayed nor overthought (if there's any word like that, I guess you know what I mean). It might have something to do with his GIT training or with his classic rock guitar influences, who knows why, somehow Alessandro managed to walk the fine line between instrumental rock guitar playing and jazz/fusion. The result is an interesting album that leaves a lot to discover and still does not make your ears bleed or your eyes tick.

Obviously there are countless tempo and mood changes but there are a couple of memorable melodies and a relatively tolerable amount of notes per second (not always the case with guitarists who want to melt rock with fusion). My personal favorites included the title track which clearly displays what you can expect from the album and "A letter that hasn't been written" (cool title) which is a slow and moody track with some beautiful melodies, the longest track of the album yet it does not get boring.

Don't expect straighforward rock in the Satriani manner, yet it's not necessarily a skipper if you are a bit shy when it comes to "too complex for me" kind of albums, it's worth a try, you might end up liking it. Check his website:

www.myspace.com/alessandrocossu

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