Exposé Online banner

Pinnacle — Meld
((Not on label) no#, 2006, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2008-01-01

Meld Cover artHeck, any band that gives thanks to "the spectacular Eliza Dushku for inspiration" deserves the benefit of the doubt, don't they? This American three-piece treads some familiar ground — the sorta-progressive power trio — but good taste, musicianship, and varied writing win out over the lack of ground-breaking innovation. There's enough room in the world for well-crafted music like this to find a home. The whole production has a whiff of DIY to it, but these guys do it well, from the nicely printed cover (which is professionally done if not artistically brilliant) to the clean recording. I could name a horde of similar bands who are aiming at a similar target and miss the mark. The difference probably comes down to the quality of the writing. Quality instrumentalists are not rare in the world, and even good singers are not hard to find (though sadly not found in many places where they ought to be), but here we find both combined with someone who can come up with some decent tunes for them to work with. Most of Pinnacle's music is written by Karl Eisenhart, with all three contributing arrangements, vocals, and a variety of instruments beyond the foundation of guitar, bass and drums. I hesitate to throw around comparisons, because while Pinnacle fits securely within the realm of Rush and Spock's Beard (among others), they really don't sound imitative. I have no trouble calling this one of the best American prog releases of 2006.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 35, 2006 releases

Related artist(s): Pinnacle

More info
http://www.pinnacleband.com

Latest news

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more

2020-06-14
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more

2020-05-14
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santana, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more

2020-05-06
Florian Schneider RIP – Florian Schneider, one of the founders of the pioneering electronic group Kraftwerk, has died at the age of 73. Co-founder Ralf Hütter announced that his bandmate had passed away from cancer after a brief illness. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

David Cross - Testing to Destruction – Cross was, of course, the longtime violinist with King Crimson Mk2; I mention this first because Testing for Destruction bears more in common with that edition of KC than probably either of his two...  (1995) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues