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Over 12 years, California Guitar Trio has played together instrumental guitar music. During their career they have released many albums, and to be honest, I think their albums suffer from reiteration... Lately CGT albums haven't offered much new, but they still have contained some good acoustic instrumentals. The same applies to this new album.
Album starts with the Marsh, which is written to the gardener of Robert Fripp (just watch the enhanced CD video). This album contains a lot of good acoustic instrumentals, Cantharsis being my favorite. Unfortunately, towards the end the quality of songs diminishes (there are some unsuccessful vapid songs)... Nevertheless, overall impression of this album is still good.
This album has been produced by the bass virtuoso Tony Levin. He has done a great job, as the sounds are very good (with the exception of some processed sounds)... Steve Fallone has done the mastering, and I have no complaints regarding his work. Also mixing, which has been done by Tom Mark, is solid.
This album could have been really good, if the quality of songs would have been on Cantharsis' level. This time they didn't give enough time for songs to develop into masterpieces. I'd say CGT is a rough diamond, they have the ability to write an exceptional album, but sometimes they seem to rush the album so it remains mediocre. Still, Whitewater is worth checking out, if you've liked earlier CGT albums (and/or you're a friend of acoustic guitar music).
Release date: 16.08.2004
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- MAGE (31.07.2004)
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