Released: 2005, Favored Nations Entertainment
Dave Weiner is a name that is completely unknown to me, but it might be familiar to Steve Vai fans. Dave has toured with Vai as a solo artist and on the G3 tours, appearing on both a live CD and DVD with both Vai and G3 since 2001. Obviously, to hang with the likes of Steve Vai and the other guitarists on G3, you have to have the chops, and with this disc – his first instrumental solo album – Dave proves that he definitely has the chops.
Apparently, Dave exclusively plays 7-string guitars, having made the switch from regular guitars in 1993. I don’t know, maybe it’s because I’m not a huge guitar buff, but to me, the music on this album sounds exactly like an everyday 6-string guitar (albeit played by a virtuoso). But I could give a shit about the showmanship or virtuosity displayed here; I’m more concerned with actually enjoying the music on the CD – and its here that SHOVE THE SUN ASIDE can’t quite compare with the greatest instrumental CDs.
To me, the best instrumental discs are the ones that combine the guitarist’s virtuosity with great songs, and Dave hasn’t quite managed to write great songs here. Sure, the bluesy “The Ghost of Denmark St.” is awesome, but for me, it’s the only stand out track. While none of the other tracks are bad, none of them stick in my and head and force me to spin the CD again.
As a guitar showcase, SHOVE THE SUN ASIDE is a success. It’s not particularly heavy, but the album will draw in guitar fans. As an overall listening experience, the album falls a little short. Perhaps it will all come together on Dave’s next album.