Studs n' Sisters Review
Martien Koolen For 'Dutch Progressive Rock Page'
Chris Francis studied guitar in London and he was finalist in Guitarist Magazine’s “Guitar of the Year” contest in 1999 and even won that title a year later. He releases his 2nd full CD and it is a 13 track all instrumental record. This great album is a must for guitar fans of Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. It even is a concept album using cinematographic themes to create a full and spirited sound.
The best songs are: Light It Up, filled with several amazing solos, Used-To-Be, a truly heavenly melodic guitar ballad, and Riding For A Fall, which is again a breathtaking ballad with guitar orgasms reminding me of Satch, Urso, Zaza and Neal Schon. I am really a sucker for those kinds of guitar ballads, I really love them!!! The rest of the songs are more background fillers, showing that Francis is a good guitar player but he misses that certain feeling like other guitar heroes ...
The true surprise on this album is the cover of Madonna’s Material Girl, with lots of wah-wah solos and even a talk box part.
Not a bad album but not something that will stay in your CD player for very long...
Conclusion: 7.5 out of 10