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"Nine Short Films" (Magna Carta)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

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Those with an abundance of creativity often find any way possible to express it. Bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Terry Bozzio have combined forces for the aptly titled "Nine Short Films." Although there are in fact ten tracks on "Nine Short Films" the songs are generally centered around texture and moods which gives it a soundtrack-like appeal to it.

In a way, "Nine Short Films" reminds me of the Passengers project that U2 did with Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois, and a cast of other famous and not so famous musicians and vocalists. Now I know that this particular reference won't be known to many fans of the metal genre, but similarities are numerous even if the actual execution of the project isn't the same.

Part of the diversity of the sounds on "Nine Short Films" comes from Bozzio's extensive use of various percussion instruments. Sheehan seems to coax a variety of tones and styles from his playing that always seem to be perfect for the songs at hand.

"Nine Short Films," while short (pun intended) on the requisite guitar heaviness that we all love at Rough Edge, is a generally solid disc from beginning to end.

"Nine Short Films" was produced by Terry Bozzio.

Terry Bozzio and Billy Sheehan are joined by no one. Bozzio plays all drums, percussion, keyboards, synth-like guitar solos, and all vocals. Sheehan plays all bass guitar, baritone guitars, and the guitar solo on the track "Edge Of A Circle."

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Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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