Released: 2004, Magna Carta
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
This is a solo released from the keyboardist in Dream Theater Jordan Rudess. Jordan locked himself in his studio for 14 days and in that time he managed to create this album. He was totally isolated and didn’t answer his phone, didn’t answered his E-mails, he only focused on the album. On the album he gets some help from his friends in The Dixie Dregs – the drummer Rod and guitar player Vinnie, but he’s also invited guests such as Steve Morse, Joe Satriani, Greg Howe and Kip Winger.
The music is keyboard oriented progressive rock and very complex. If you think this is metal you’re totally wrong. Instead this is an orgy in keyboard play and effects and Rudess has, of course, the biggest part of the soundpicture.
There are 8 tracks on “RHYTHM OF TIME” but only two of the are with lead vocals. The vocalist is Kip Winger and the songs are “BEYOND TOMORROW” and “TEAR BEFORE THE RAIN” besides that the album is totally instrumental.
I’m not a big fan of instrumental progressive rock like this and I think it works better on the tracks where Kip Winger sings. Even though the guests are highly skilled and talented this album does not impress me. I’ve listened to it in hope of getting a second opinion but I stand solid as a rock when I say that in the long run it only gets boring to listen to Jordan Rudess.
He has done the production and along with all the lyrics and music and he has done it pretty well. Only by taking a glimpse of the cover you can tell what kind of music this is and by that it is a very good cover. Another positive thing about is the booklet where Jordan has written about the work on the album and how that went.
I can recommend this to any fan of Dream Theater or for fans of progressive instrumental rock but for the rest of you outthere this is pretty boring.