|Neal Schon i on u||Favored Nations|
Journey/Bad English/Soul SirkUS guitarist Neal Schon returns for his latest solo outing I On U. |
Neal's ability to play any style has seen him vary his approach over each solo album, but I On You sees the man stripping it back and keeping it simple – which in turn serves him well, as the guitar really speaks to the listener here and the solos are precisely what fans will be hoping to hear.
The album was co-written and produced with Igor Len. The two work together well as they have an established relatioship through their collaboration on Neal's album Electric World. Having this common theme through the record keeps the music and delivery consistent.
Not since Neal's sensational debut solo album Late Nite have I heard a group of instrumental songs that really speak to the listener and hold the interest such as this selection of tracks.
The songs center around a mid-tempo vibe, with a couple of up and a couple of slower numbers to add balance.
The addition of live drums on all but 2 tracks helps create a fuller sound and the additional loops and programming added by Igor create the variations between songs.
The rest is all Neal – and I On U sees him in fine 'tone'. Standouts include the uptempo Blue Passion, with a progressive beat and a great set of solos; the 7 minute long Timeless Motion, which reminds me of his early days in Santana; the haunting Moon Dust and the snappy Burning Bridges.
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