Reviewed by: Jon Nolan
Sometimes instrumental guitar releases are too application dependent-in other words, they're good as background music for a dinner party, or a lazy Sunday afternoon when you're bumming around the house, but maybe too sleepy for long drives or the iPod downtown. Chris O'Neill does a fine job of avoiding that trap on "Truth is...", his latest release of solo guitar music.
O'Neill provides some up tempo numbers in addition to the sweet and mellow melodies, which makes for a nice pace worthy of the above applications. "Too Bad" is one of the fast songs, and a highlight. If features O'Neill's busy and dexterous thumb thumping a jazzy bass line on the low strings while his other finger comp out some nifty voicings around it. "Ladders" puts the thumb back to work for another impressive jazz number. Second Sundae is the kind of beautiful Sunday afternoon song I mentioned earlier, a pleasant and meandering finer picked song with chime-y stringwork and the occasional accent of a plucked harmonic. This is really great material played by a really great player.
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