Sirjoe Project — Letze Baum
((Not on label) SC0001, 2019, CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2020-01-31
Letze Baum is a cautionary concept album about an eventual environmental apocalypse, based on a quote from Chief Sitting Bull. And like many concept albums, Letze Baum tends to be very forced, both lyrically and musically, and pretentious. And in the present case the Luddite theme is quite hypocritical given the slick album art, sixteen-page glossy booklet, gatefold cardboard sleeve, triple necked guitar, and technology needed to play, record, and produce the album, none of which could have been accomplished without availing oneself of what is currently available. The SirJoe Project is essentially the solo efforts of Sergio Casamassima who plays all instruments and Alessandro Granato on vocals. The music is uninspired metal prog with accented English lyrics that distract the listener. Out of the thirteen tracks on the album, the only one of any interest and listening value is “The Power of the Sea,” a pleasant and melodic tune, if you can get beyond the lyrics. Some tracks are just too long, others are boring. And there is one instrumental track “Anyway,” nine minutes of mediocre prog jazz fusion. Cannot recommend this release.
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