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Mark Vickness

Interconnected

Review by Gary Hill

I previously reviewed another disc from Mark Vickness. I put that one under progressive rock. I'm doing the same thing here, largely for the same reason. This is being billed as acoustic fusion. I suppose to some degree that applies. Overall, this is more of an acoustic guitar instrumental set. It has some classical leanings to it. It's an entertaining set of the mellower variety no matter how you label it, though.

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Track by Track Review
Interwoven
Intricate and evocative musical tones open this in sedate ways. The tune moves out into some great sounds that feel a bit like "traveling music." There are definitely elements of classical music built into this. It has some intriguing rhythmic things at play.
Grey Skye
I dig the cool acoustic guitar driven vibe of this track. There is some great fusion guitar work at the heart of the track. In fact, that's the majority of the arrangement.
Hot Apple Stuff (studio version)
I dig the classical meets folk rock groove to this number. It's a classy tune that has some good energy.
Bodega Blue
The acoustic guitar here brings a bit of a blues vibe as it gets going. It wanders into more jazzy zones as it continues.
6 in 7
This starts quite classical with a string arrangement at its heart. That general concept holds it for a time, but eventually it begins to work out to more of a folk rock meets fusion approach as it grows.
Mia Lucia
This is an acoustic guitar solo based piece that has a lot of emotion and style.
For Every Child
A pretty and sedate number, this has a lot of classical music built into it.
Hot Apple Stuff (live version)
I like the mixing of classical and other elements on this live rendition. It's a classy tune on a classy album.
One Day Over A Thousand
The closing track is another classy guitar solo. It's nothing particularly new or different, but it's effective.
 
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