Reviewed: December 2002
Released: 2002, Magna Carta
I’m sliding this one in under the radar so to speak. This is not metal. This is not prog-metal. This is not prog rock or even rock. So why am I reviewing it? I reviewed the last Rudess solo CD in January and it was decent! This is more of a public service announcement for three reasons.
1.) To inform Rudess & Dream Theater fans about this new release.
2.) To warn(!) Rudess & Dream Theater fans about this new release.
3.) It’s for a good cause.
The terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 affected MR. Rudess personally and he quickly, very quickly set up a charity concert with the American Red Cross and on September 24th in NYC, he did a very impromptu, unrehearsed and spontaneous concert. Later he added six more studio tracks and the result is 13 tracks of instrumental solo piano and keyboard for New York City. Get it? The resulting hour long CD is available now and a portion of the proceeds go to charity. I think this was a great thing to do to help people.
Musically, this is not really of interest to any metal fan, except a very few die-hard open minded fans who buy EVERYTHING connected to Dream Theater. I gave it a 1 rating for the obvious reasons that it has no redeeming metal value or interest. It is an hour of acoustic piano and keyboards, very, very, very mellow and somber. As a instrumental Christmas piano, “sittin’ round the fireplace album with your family after supper” album, it is very decent. He can play, no doubt he is very talented and prolific. This is in fact his 7th solo album and he is already finishing his eighth! Here’s an idea. Buy it for your Mother or Grandmother for Christmas. She’ll like it and you’ll feel good.
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