Talk to Me Guitar
Review: in his second musical offering 'talk to me guitar', Bobby Trates proves he has immense creative depth with a varied display of melodic guitar-based instrumentals with a focus on detail. Very different than your typical guitarist! The title sums the CD up as the guitar does the talking here and it has a great deal to say! Clearly, this CD will catch the ear of guitarists' as well as non guitarists' that appreciate and admire well-crafted songs that are original and deeply melodic. Song by song commentary: 1). stages of glory: a superb beginning of this CD with an infectious serenade style melody. I kept replaying this song over and over. 2). talk to me guitar: trates displays a flashy hard rock egde with some screaming lead guitar work. Guitar runs are executed smoothly, oftentimes at lightning speed and with a plethora of whammy bar pyrotechnics. A well advanced guitarist stretches out and grabs the listener pulling them into an inspired guitar jouney. 3).the little green house i was never in: a hauntingly melodic instrumental that is well orchestrated with a romantic aura. 4). mockingbird: the best song on the CD, in my opinion. Starting with a clean guitar sound, trates weaves a beautiful selection of notes creating a soaring dreamlike atmosphere. An electric guitar enters with a powerful melody that makes one think of a bird in flight. 5). runaway train: a forceful rocker with some excellent solo guitar work and classic rhythm style. The guitarist displays a rare flair for both technique and emotion simultaneously. 6). The thinker: instantly enjoyable and beautifully sad acoustic based instrumental. The title fits perfectly as it reminds one of deep contemplation. 7). jacob's parable: trates switches to a more upbeat mood on this track. Reminds one of a clear day and a bright shining sun with smiles and laughter abounding. 8). stay with me: a very unique, otherworldly track showcasing the guitarists' acoustical picking technique.... very soothing. 9). last day: with electric guitar back in hand, trates emotes feelings of sorrow with a crying guitar solo piece. 10). morning star: beautiful. No other word comes to mind to describe this acoustically based instrumental. My second favorite song on the CD. 11). western sunset: a danceable, Spanish flavored acoustic track that is intense, imaginative and immediately enjoyable. 12). mechanical fingers: a fitting end to an excellent CD with trates ripping a barrage of notes over a standout power chord progression, not so subtly reminding the listener that this guy can play! Conclusion. This CD gets better with each listen and would highly recommend to both guitar aficianados and melodic music lovers everywhere. Looking forward with great antici- pation to the next one.