11 Songs, 47 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings
13 Ratings
Allen6256 ,

A Solid, Highly Inventive Drum Album

I first came across Anika Nilles through youtube and was immediately impressed by her druming. It didn't take long before I also took notice of her compositional skills as well. I don't always enjoy drum solo albums because sometimes the music seems to serve as a platform to explore various drum ideas but is lacking much in the way of musical or artistic value, beyond perhaps providing atmosphere. Not so with this album. Although the drums are definitely the main focus here, I think this album is the type that may appeal to a wider audience, including other musicians and even some nonmusicians, which no doubt was her intention. As with most other players I enjoy, Ms. Nilles has serious technique, chops, and great rhythmic ability, but all of this is used to serve the music and not the other way around. The music is very enjoyable all around and probably is diverse enough to appeal to jazz fusion afficionados as well as pogressive rock fans. Some highlights for me were the opening track, the oriental sounding Orange Leaves, the jazzier One Ride One Life (based around a parcaroesque shuffle groove and featuring some really cool horn sections), and the odd metered prog/funk title track. This is a particularly strong debut album, both in terms of writing and the quality of the performances. Definitely highly recommended to fans of this kind of music.

dblaise ,

Seriously just incredible


Joybam01 ,



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