Cyril Achard — Confusion
(Lion Music LMC2239 2, 1997/2002, CD)
by Dan Casey, Published 1998-02-01
This is one of those albums that nobody ever seems to know anything about. Presuming that to be the case with most of our readership, the best thing to do would be just to describe the music. From the opening synth and percussion line which bounces happily along, you might think this album is going to proceed into a type of Kit Watkins territory. Clearly the compositions are built around sequenced and very deliberately structured themes. But then some heavier drum (machines) come in, accompanied by some chunky guitar riffs and things begin to take off into a symphonic fusion direction. Most of the material on Confusion doesn't stay in one play for very long, always shifting from new-agey synth works, to light jazz fusion, to symphonic metal-edged Olympian themes. Bright anthemic synth pads and fast-fretted electric guitars dominate the album more than anything else. Imagine Steve Vai, Ken Watson, John Tesh, and Yanni all jamming together. No, seriously. Maybe that's why Cyril Achard named this album Confusion. If you crave accessible, jazzy, bright, melodic music, you can’t miss with Confusion.
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