REVIEW: RUSS STEDMAN – ALERT BUT WITHOUT ACUTE DISTRESS – CD

RUSS STEDMAN

RUSS STEDMAN


RUSS STEDMAN
Alert But Without Acute Distress CD
www.russstedman.com
Opens with a funny & fun note-perfect cover of Iron Maiden’s “Prowler” (the opening joint from their 1981 album ‘Killers’), only missing maybe a touch of wah-wah on that main riff. Nitpicking. Track two, “Why am I Alive” continues the hot-rockin’ air guitar & cowbell inspiring frenzy this time with KISS lyrics from the song “Tomorrow and Tonight” (from their 1977 album ‘Love Gun’), among other lyrical appropriations. “Find them and Kill them” is a moody jazzbo instrumental with kind of heavy metal guitaristic soloing a la maybe Al DiMeola. “My Haunted Heart” continues in a ballady, minor key manor. “Random Word Generator” could be from Frank Zappa’s Synclavier period. ie, a grooveless frenzy of MIDI tones, suitably pointillistic and information-dense. Closer “Penis Dimension” IS a Zappa cover, so there ya go. Maiden to Zappa in one album by way of KISS. & can I just say, the production is so damn nice. Everything sounds clean as a freshly shaved beaver.
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One thought on “REVIEW: RUSS STEDMAN – ALERT BUT WITHOUT ACUTE DISTRESS – CD

  1. To me, Russ Stedman is one of the best home taping rock musicians of the last 20 years. Combining the primal power of hard rock with a complex technical ability might be enough for some but he also throws in irreverent humor, jabbing sarcasm and mind boggling intricate compositional missives.

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