Adachi Kyodai

Adachi Kyodai

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The Adachi brothers' second album will appeal to any fan of acoustic guitar music. Ryusuke and Source "K" Adachi may not be the flashiest instrumentalists, but they play with passion and they write intelligent songs. They share the California Guitar Trio's taste for complex, ultra-tight compositions (and Robert Fripp's Guitar Craft philosophy can be detected in pieces like "Push Me into Tornado" and "All Shades of Blues"), but they display more soul, taking the music to a rootsier level akin to fiery flamenco. The first half of the album is somewhat labored: the shifting between original numbers ("Back Track" is a highlight) and covers delays the listener's dive into the duo's material. The three songs covered, Jethro Tull's "Mother Goose" and "Cheap Day Return" and King Crimson's "I Talk to the Wind," establish a filiation that was already obvious in the writing. And Source "K" tries too hard to sing like Greg Lake and Ian Anderson, leaving little room for a personal take on these prog rock classics. But the second half of the disc, especially the sequence formed by "Erewhon," "Unknown Troops," "Spring Silky Shower Landscape," and "Lemming," is a roller coaster of gripping instrumental songwriting and virtuosic guitar-picking. The combined influences of Ian Anderson's folk leanings and John McLaughlin's flamenco-derived jazz fusion result in some highly original tunes well worth investigating.

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