Reviewed by MJBrady on 07 Nov 2010
So it's been 5 years since I was introduced to Riccardo Vernaccini's first recording At Last, which is also reviewed here at Proggnosis. I needed to revisit my thoughts on that cd, as it was a long time back, and also to see what kind of progress
Riccardo has made since his debut cd. I have to say, as guitar based instrumental music goes, I really enjoy the direction that he is taking here on his newest 2010 effort. Again, like before, he is handling nearly every aspect of the creation and performance of this music. He again shows that he is quite adept at composition, and allows the creation of music outshine his demonstrative playing techniques.
Riccardo's musical approach takes on mostly progressive elements, adding all the more intrigue to his music, let's face it, we have heard just about every kind of riff that can be imagined on the electric guitar by now, and just making a cd for the mere purpose of riffing has gotten way overdone, even the more notable players of the past have run out of ideas, in the end, technical prowess is admirable, yet composition paired with that same talent will leave memorable impressions for ever. Here I am hearing a composer that takes his creativity seriously, as serious as he takes his development as a guitarist.
The music can be both complex and melodic, soft and heavy, and many other extremes of the musical spectrum, all the while Riccardo dazzles with his nimble fretwork. I truly enjoyed getting acquainted with this new cd of Riccardo Vernaccini, he has a very good sense for writing, and plays well. Maybe we will see him in a group setting sometime in the future? I will keep and eye and an ear open to see what the future has in store for him.