Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Review -- DON ALDER -- Not A Planet

NOT A PLANET
Don Alder
Indie
7.5-out-of-10
Don Alder has amassed a rather impressive musical resume. The British Columbia-based guitarist has six CDs under his belt.
Listen to Not A Planet, and you see why he has had musical staying power.
Alder is first and foremost a fine guitar player. He combines fingerpicking with simultaneous percussion on the soundboard for a full-fledged acoustic sound.
As far as the latest disk is concerned, Alder mixes fine instrumental efforts on songs such as The Wall and Sayonara.calm, (perhaps the CD’s best effort), with tunes where he incorporates vocals.
While Alder’s guitar work outshines his vocals, the mix still works well here. The vocal efforts are a welcome change of pace to the guitar driven cuts.
Showing his understanding of his own strengths as a musician, and in particular of understanding the guitar he is so intimate with, Alder has written all the material here.
I appreciate that on eight of the songs Alder has allowed himself the freedom to carry the music beyond four-minutes, and actually eclipses six-minutes on the aforementioned Sayonara.calm. The freedom of expression on the longer pieces demonstrates clearly a bonus here.
Overall, Not A Planet is an instrumental guitar-based CD that is extremely-well played. A definite one to search out for lovers of acoustic guitar.
Check it out at www.donalder.com
— CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Dec. 16, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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