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CD KIKO LOUREIRO SOUNDS OF INNOCENCE REVIEW

KIKO LOUREIRO

SOUNDS OF INNOCENCE

2013

 

 

LIQUID GUITAR

 

 

Why do people insist on doing that! Nine tracks and a few seconds of build-up noodling IS NOT ten tracks. Pet hate aside, (it always loss half a star by the way) this is actually an unexpectedly interesting and enjoyable listen even for someone who has never really been enamored by instrumental albums no matter who the players are.

 

 

 

What Kiko does well on ‘Songs’ is to add the Latin flavour to his shredding so that it doesn’t overwhelm you – this is Rock meets Metal in a Latin setting rather than Latin Rock meets Latin Metal and it works so well you’ll quickly find if there’s any Lain in your groove.

 

 

 

Tracks like ‘Reflective’ set the standard here with the kind of track you might expect someone like Dan Reed to fit words to! Unlike most instrumentals it manages to tell a story.

 

 


Where we get immersed further into the Latin vibe are tracks like the very laid back ‘Mae D’Agua’ which sounds like it begins with what may well be some fanciful native instrument; and also ‘El Guajiro’ which is very percussive and almost certainly the best reason to buy this album, it just opens your eyes wide to the real possibilities of this kind of fusion.

 

 

 

There is more straight-forward fare though, and all of that leads you to marvel at how great this guy’s technique is. ‘Twisted Horizon’ rides the fret board all the wau home and another of the standouts ‘The Hymn’ is breathtaking in its ‘JeffBeckishness’ (well it’s in MY dictionary). The piano and strings that dominate closer ‘A Perfect Rhyme’ may end on a bit of a downer but after what you’ve heard you will need a bit of a rest.  

 

 

Nice.

 


 
 www.kikoloureiro.com.br

 

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD KIKO LOUREIRO SOUNDS OF INNOCENCE REVIEW 2013