Liquid Tension Experiment: 2
Liquid Tension Experiment perform with such verve, concentration and drive, --- perhaps only rivaled by those fusion gods of yesteryear—“Mahavishnu Orchestra”. The music is challenging yet most assuredly palatable, especially for us prog-rock and fusion fans.......On “Liquid Dreams”, Rudess and Petrucci lay down some laid-back funk/soul grooves highlighted by Levin’s expansive yet supremely punctual bass lines. Rudess is a connoisseur at providing tonal color as he employs a marimba like midi patch on his keys which counters the fierce climate along with Petrucci’s interesting computer generated guitar tones which should excite some of the techie folks out there! The final track, “Hourglass” serves as the lone acoustic piece of the project, as we dwell on what we have just heard or take a much-needed breath along with the band........as if the band thanks you for listening while trusting you’ll be back soon!
While some are prone to criticize prog-rock and fusion for some of it’s inherent bombast, “Liquid Tension Experiment” are a band of pros who come from similar yet at times disparate backgrounds. This band filters out the muck and negatives or perhaps the calamities of the past, while producing comprehensive and well-conceived compositions along with captivating improvisations and jolting solos as they portray a sense of well being and positive vibes..... Without a doubt they reside in a class paralleled by none as “Liquid Tension Experiment” along with other performers on Magna Carta’s impressive roster of talent, have renewed hope within prog-rock circles as they re-write the book on a genre which has seen it’s ups and downs. Liquid Tension Experiment 2 is an exasperating experience, one which you are not liable to forget! * * * * *
Tony Levin; Chapman stick & Bass Guitars: John Petrucci; Guitars: Mike Portnoy; Drums & Percussion: Jordan Rudess; Keyboards.
Record Label: Magna Carta Records
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock