Monday, September 13, 2010

Maurice Deebank - Inner Thought Zone (1984)

Main Entry: majestic
Part of Speech: adjective
Definition: impressive, splendid
Synonyms: august, awesome, ceremonious, cool, courtly, dignified, elevated, exalted, fab, grand, grandiose, imperial, imposing, lofty, magnific, magnificent, marvelous, mind-blowing*, monumental, noble, out of this world, pompous, regal, royal, smashing, sovereign, stately, stunning, sublime, sumptuous, superb
Antonyms: humble, low, lowly, shabby
* = informal/non-formal usage

This is a rare and resplendent instrumental showcase of Maurice Deebank's prestigious and masterful classical guitar techniques. As a guitarist, Deebank was rivaled by only Vini Reilly when it came to fusing raw skill and creative ingenuity. He left such an imprint on Felt's early work, the band wouldn't have been the same without him. He left Felt in '86 and laid low for a few years until briefly coming out of hiding in '92 to co-write a song with Saint Etienne. However, after that he vanished from the music scene once again, this time for good, sadly. Much like Felt's The Splendour of Fear, the classical style on Inner Thought Zone evokes scenes from archaic histories long forgotten and a sense of regality, sometimes even holiness. A fantastic album for letting your mind drift off to another time and place.

Rating: 9.5/10

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