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Album Review

If 1980's As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls was defined by Pat Metheny's charisma, its less accessible but certainly rewarding successor, Offramp, finds him leaning more toward the abstract. But as cerebral as Metheny gets on such atmospheric pieces as "Are You Going with Me?" and "Au Lait," his playing remains decidedly lyrical and melodic. Clearly influenced by Jim Hall, the thoughtful Metheny makes excellent use of space, choosing his notes wisely and reminding listeners that, while he has heavy-duty chops, he's not one to beat everybody over the head with them. Even when he picks up the tempo for the difficult and angular title song, he shuns empty musical acrobatics. Throughout the CD, Metheny enjoys a powerful rapport with keyboardist Lyle Mays, who also avoids exploiting his technique and opts for meaningful storytelling.

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"Are You Going With Me!"

Through an uncanny method Pat Metheny understands how to transform his guitar into your inner thoughts and feelings. "Are you going with me" is but one. If you listen carefully you can hear him ask her, "Are you going with me?" Her reply can be taken either way but without question you can clearly hear both conversations in the song. An absolutely fantastic album. This album (and many more by Pat) moves mountains!

VERY sensual

Without a single lyric, Are You Going With Me is one of the sexiest songs I have ever heard. Classy, sensual, contagious, very original. It takes you to another place fast and keeps you there until the last note.

Hidden Treasure

This is the second album I got into during my introduction to Pat Metheny (First Circle was the first). This album is a real gem. It is full of moody, full and rich themes. Each song is a little different in it’s own way: soft, building, intense, pretty, improvisational, and noisy. Some may be familiar with “Are You Going With Me?” from Pat’s live “Travels” album so here is where the original tune came from. The album cover tells it all. While your eyes are closed listening to this journey on headphones, occasionally take a peek at the album cover and it kinda sums it up. A must have for Metheny fans.

Biography

Born: August 12, 1954 in Lee's Summit, MO

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most original guitarists from the '80s onward (he is instantly recognizable), Pat Metheny is a chance-taking player who has gained great popularity but also taken some wild left turns. His records with the Pat Metheny Group are difficult to describe (folk-jazz? mood music?) but manage to be both accessible and original, stretching the boundaries of jazz...
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