Rik Emmett

Ipso Facto

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Rik Emmett would very much like to be recognized for more than the guitar-hero pyrotechnics of his years with Canadian power trio Triumph, but doesn't mind being sucked back into the mold from time to time. In fact, Ipso Facto opens with "Straight Up," a headbanger of the first order. The quality branching out begins, however, with a pair of fingerpicking instrumentals -- "Lickity Bit" and "Transition" -- and the swinging jazz-blues of "Woke Up This Morning." Of less interest is synthetic pap like "Dig a Little Deeper" and the ballady, gushily optimistic "Let Love Conquer All" and "Heaven In Your Heart."

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