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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Allan Holdsworth and Being Uniquely Brilliant, Pt.1 "The Things You See"

To me the IOU album is where Allan resolutely cast his revolutionary lead guitar playing and idiosyncratic harmonic idiom in diamond; where the Tony Williams Lifetime beginning stages of his originality had both matured and crystallized into what players like Edward Van Halen referred to as the best guitar style in history, full stop.

The chords on this song are so interesting and carry plenty of emotional weight, most noticeable when listened to on headphones. This album is what first made me think of Holdsworth as the modern day Liszt, the consummate guitarist-composer.