Thursday, April 30, 2009

Record Review: Zak Riles

Zak Riles
Zak Riles
[2008, Important]

FULL REVIEW HERE. Zak Riles, lead guitarist for the prolific Grails, melds idioms and instrumentation of traditional American and Middle Eastern music in his main gig, so it shouldn’t be any surprise that he would adopt this approach on his self-titled debut. The results, however, are decidedly mixed: while the album finds Riles playing as assuredly as ever, it also shows him relying on unnecessary and awkward crutches that ultimately depreciate the record.

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