Thursday, 27 February 2014
CD Review: Animals As Leaders, by Animals As Leaders (2009)
Occupying the unnecessary mini-niche of progressive instrumental jazz metal, the self-titled debut by Animals As Leaders is essentially a solo album for guitarist Tosin Abasi.
It's difficult to tell one track from another, since they all sound pretty much the same, overlong, filled with noodling for its own sake and micro melodies challenged by a singular inability to hold a theme for longer than a few seconds, often mistaking reiteration for a trajectory.
Trapped in the gap between innovative and inconsequential, Animals As Leaders is just insipid.
Tosin Abasi - guitars, bass guitar
Misha Mansoor - keyboards, drum programming
Songlist (ratings out of 10):
1. Tempting Time - 7
2. Soraya - 7
3. Thoroughly At Home - 7
4. On Impulse - 7
5. Tessiture - n/a (short)
6. Behaving Badly - 7
7. The Price Of Everything And The Value Of Nothing - 7
8. Cafo - 6
9. Inamorata - 6
10. Point To Point - n/a (short)
11. Modern Meat - 5
12. Song Of Solomon - 7
Produced by Tosin Abasi and Misha Mansoor.
Engineered by Misha Mansoor.
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