Martin Posen

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The second album from Martin Posen is an evolution of his previous Triple Heater album, but with more emphasis placed on flow and feel. The rollicking opening on "Sans Souci" could be mistaken for a Joe Perry introduction to an Aerosmith tune, especially with its rather funky conclusion. "South Portage Lake Road" is more of a reflective and introspective song. The tune also features an intricate rhythm but seems to paint a story without words. All of the songs here are instrumentals, but the sounds emitted just from Posen's playing speak for themselves. Particularly pretty is "Ashtanga," which has both Southern rock and quasi-Middle Eastern influences to it. When Posen plays in a more deliberate fashion, the results aren't quite as stellar, especially on the title track. The song picks up midway through, but only for a few fleeting seconds. One of the better songs on the album is "Passing Lane." Here Posen displays both a upbeat performance while showing off his dexterity in a country-meets-bluegrass fashion. Perhaps the only slight disappointment is "Wind Flowers," a track Posen could perform in his sleep. The centerpiece is the six-minute "3 Portals, 3 Keys," an extremely pleasing and winding track. Listeners will often draw comparisons to Jimmy Page as Posen is often able to do three to four things at once, making each rhythm or lead note an integral part on songs like "Borderline Blues." Another highlight is the pretty and lush "Oroborous." The album is a relaxing and entertaining piece of musicianship.

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