Released 20 July 2012 on Lion Music
Better known as the keyboard wizard behind Twinspirits, Genius Rock Opera, Cosmics, Khymera etc, Daniele Liverani has turned his attentions to his first love – the guitar – for his first solo instrumental offering for Lion Music entitled “Eleven Mysteries”.
Anyone that is familiar with Liverani’s other bands know he is a strong songwriter well able to pen interesting vocal compositions with deft touches, fortunately this has translated to his guitar album which is an accessible collection home to rich melodies over strong songs. This only enables Liverani’s guitar technique, featuring all the tricks and skills you’d expect from a student of 80’s and 90’s guitars, to pack the expected punch from an offering from Lion Music.
Although one might expect Liverani to use his multi musical skills to perform all instruments, he has used the album as an opportunity to bring new names to fold, with the album welcoming drummer Paco Barilla’, bassist Tony Dickinson and keyboardist Marco Zago to the scene. All are strong players in their own right with drummer Paco Barilla being a particularly noteworthy find.
Onto the tracks and we get a multi-faceted album from the Jason Becker like uber shred of “Mysterious Impulse”, progressive overtones in “Inspiration”, metallic riffery in “Nerve Force” and the delicate ballad “Supreme Gladness” (a highlight to these ears). The obligatory Vai/Satch like track often found on guitar albums is well catered for with “All Is Good” whilst “Giving” injects a sprightly new world Steve Morse like vibe with nice keyboard solos from Marco Zago, “Humiliation” and “Freedom” are focused around more tight riffs but lack a little in character, something which cant be thrown at final track “Eternal” which covers numerous styles and is a good closer.
Daniele Liverani won’t win awards for breaking new ground in guitar instrumentals with “Eleven Mysteries”, but what we do get is a well played, well produced and more importantly well written album, home to fine performances within enjoyable songs where the focus is on just that – the song. Liverani’s impressive guitar work is the icing on this enjoyable cake. One to check out.
Rating – 84%