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Situation Dangerous

Bozzio Levin Stevens

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Album Review

Situation Dangerous is the follow-up to 1997's Black Light Syndrome from this powerful trio of seasoned rock musicians. The incendiary title track leads off the album with guitarist Steve Stevens demonstrating that he's capable of much more than testosterone-laden Billy Idol riffs of which he was most commonly associated prior to the formation of this band. Here he conjures up comparisons to manic sound frequently delivered by Robert Fripp particularly on King Crimson albums like Red and their reformed, early-'80s period. But in subsequent tracks, Stevens plays jazz, fusion, classic rock, blues-rock, and flamenco passages with accomplished ease. "Crash" sounds like an outtake from or a salute to the lone classic recording by an earlier supergroup, Armageddon. In other instances he combines the fusion and flamenco leanings of guitarists like Al DiMeola and John McLaughlin. This is an instrumental album, so it is imperative that the tracks display a diversity of tempo and style to distinguish themselves from one another. Historically, instrumental rock trios haven't been overly successful in that regard. These three, however, pull it off admirably. Tony Levin has been one of the most creative and "in-demand" bassists for the past 25 years and his entire repertoire of influences and skills seems to be encapsulated on this recording. He also tackles the variety of compositions in his inimitable smooth yet complex manner. Drummer Terry Bozzio offers his most explosive and perhaps his most defining work since Danger Money from 1979, but it's Stevens' versatility that dictates the course of this album and its ultimate success.

Customer Reviews

A Good Recipe Just Got Better....

Like the first release, Bozzio Levin Stevens have released another fantastic album full of music that showcases their incredible creative and technical skills. I enjoyed this album more than the first (even though it's shorter, and that's my only complaint). They seem even tighter (if that's possible), and even though there's not as much "rocking out" on this release as the first, the playing is breathtaking to say the least. Stevens has really fell in love with playing flamenco on this album, and Bozzio sounds like 2-3 drummers at times. Levin's playing ties everything together so admirably (Gods, the man makes it sound so easy), I hope there's another release in the future. In closing, I also have to give super props to the trio on the production of this album, so clean and crisp, I could go on for hours....

Instrumental Genius!

The whole is greater than the parts.

This album is one of those rare albums the artists clearly can communicate with each other through the music. They smoothly break out of the 4/4 rock music mold and keep the energy even when the beat slows. Great riffs!

Don't underrate Tony Levin's contribution to the glue holding this album together. Check out Liquid Tension Experiment for more Levin!

to clangy for me

This would be an exellent selection, but the drumming ruined it for me. Just because your name is on the cover, doesn't mean you have to justify that by, WAY over doing it. If you like the sound of a 5 year old sitting on the kitchen floor banging the pots and pans with metal spoons, then you should love this album. If your a Steve Stevens fan, then you won't be disappointed. His playing is brilliant, as always and Levin is solid on bass. It's just those drums, I wish he would have heeded the old saying "less is more".

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

One of the more interesting bands to emerge on the Magna Carta label (a record co that specializes primarily in prog rock artists, especially collaborations/supergroups) is the aptly named Bozzio Levin Stevens. Featuring three players who many feel are at the top of their respective instruments in the rock world (drummer Terry Bozzio, bassist Tony Levin, and guitarist Steve Stevens), each member possesses quite a storied history. Bozzio first came to attention of rock fans as the drummer for Frank...
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