11 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Awash in dark romantic flavor and contrapuntal orchestration, Al Di Meola’s Opus is a veritable symphony for layered acoustic guitars, with a good deal of percussion in the mix as well. Other textures emerge: lush orchestral sounds on “Ava’s Dream Sequence Lullaby,” ethereal electric guitar on “Broken Heart” and “Rebels,” organ and other sonorities on “Escapado.” But the focal point is Di Meola’s ornate acoustic handiwork, tinged with tango and other South American influences, stirringly virtuosic but not without sensitivity and melodic warmth.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Awash in dark romantic flavor and contrapuntal orchestration, Al Di Meola’s Opus is a veritable symphony for layered acoustic guitars, with a good deal of percussion in the mix as well. Other textures emerge: lush orchestral sounds on “Ava’s Dream Sequence Lullaby,” ethereal electric guitar on “Broken Heart” and “Rebels,” organ and other sonorities on “Escapado.” But the focal point is Di Meola’s ornate acoustic handiwork, tinged with tango and other South American influences, stirringly virtuosic but not without sensitivity and melodic warmth.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
10 Ratings
10 Ratings
Keaggy_Head ,

This is only based on the samples

I like what I'm hearing so far in the 1:30 samples of each track. I have one thought though. I'm not against Al's modern style so I'm not an old school fusion head. But consider this. Al has said in recent interviews he finds a rythm and an arppegio pattern before he ever finds a melody. Unforunately for this reason, his music struggles sometimes to find a soul as it's foundation is a purely intellectual basis. Look at the last two tracks on Electric Rendesvous or the last song on Kiss My Ax. Those are so beautiful and so purely melodic pieces. I wish Al would get out of his creative rut. I'll keep buying his music regardless. I'm a hard core fan.

corangelo1 ,

Opus

To the gentlemen who judged the CD on only hearing samples.
I think you need to hear the whole record first!
By the way writing arpeggios first and or the harmony first has always from record one been the way I wrote. A melody without harmony is a strange way to write for me! It’s just now there’s even more melody and composition! Check out the whole record! Enjoy:)

Johnny5468743456768 ,

Beautiful

Beautiful

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