Review of the Album "Introduction" by American Guitarist Marty Friedman
The Album "Introduction" and Its Musical Style
"Introduction" is the third solo effort or album by former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman and it was released in 1994. For some of you music fans, the album may be your first experience with Marty not playing extreme, fast shredding guitars like he had done for most of the 1980’s and 1990’s and you guys may miss those days but what we hear from Marty on this album is a kind of continuation of the material of the album Scenes. The song called “Be” is an example of Marty’s passion and enthusiasm. Playing drums on this album is Nick Menza (1964-2016).
A Little More Information About the Song Be
However, in the middle of the song, there’s a little more speed as the rock influence kicks in. Does anyone remember Thunder March from the Dragon’s Kiss album? Structurally, “Be” is the same in the middle of the song.
Introduction is One of Those Albums That Can Shift Our Energetic Vibration
This album may have the tendency to feel like it is too soft for some of us to handle for long periods of time but also, given the situation in the United States now with so many people feeling a sense of anxiety, malaise, and anger, Marty Friedman is an example that there are still good qualities left about the United States that all of us can and should focus on (myself included) but it is so hard to do this when it seems as if everything is going downhill like a fast moving snowball and nothing can be done. Through the power and influence of music especially of this type, we can call this a frequency shifter and get ourselves back on the right track in terms of our vibration frequency.
Introduction the Rest of the Review
With the song Luna and its sort of atmospheric start, this feels so soothing and pleasant that it sounds like one of the Final Fantasy video games. Final Fantasy 4 comes to my mind as I hear this song. Marty was very fortunate that Dave Mustaine allowed him the musical flexibility to compose his own solo material without objecting considering that Marty was at this time still with Megadeth and the band was undergoing a sort of big musical shift from the fast and heavy thrash metal music to a much more mainstream musical approach. As we hear the song Loneliness, the somber mood of the song is felt but it also has a kind beauty in in that Marty is able to create through his mastery of the electric guitar. However, the first song called Arrival starts off this very good album with a sort of classical feel that all of the European classical music composers would have been very impressed with had they been living in our 21st century.
Final Thoughts About the Album "Introduction"
"Introduction" is one of those albums that you can put into a CD player and listen to it as you are taking a relaxing hot bath or having dinner with your significant other. Trust that you will enjoy this album immensely if you give it a chance. The strongest song in Introduction are Bittersweet, Be, Luna, Loneliness, and Siberia. Speaking of bittersweet, the song will not induce any kind of bitter feeling in you but you will hear the play of the shakuhachi instrument by Nick’s father Don Menza. This is not as popular as Greek musician Yanni but it is a very good new age and classically influenced instrumental album by one of the best American born guitarists ever.
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