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Michael Dietrich - Across Open Seas

Michael Dietrich - Across Open Seas

Label : Eigen beheer | Archive under prog / sympho metal

Release type: Full-length CD

Wim S. : Michael Dietrich is a German singer / guitarist who says that it is difficult to place him (his music) in a (musical) category. His voice and his guitar form the body of the songs, which he based on the old adage 'a good song always works on an acoustic guitar’. Undoubtedly Michael. And I think it's great to read that you're influenced by bands like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and even Savatage and your guitar work is reminiscent to Richie Blackmore and Yngwie Malmsteen. Very nice if you mention these names in your bio, but it's a shame if you then musically do live up to the expectations Then I cannot take you seriously. And that is a pity.

For the frontman of Dead Man's Boogie (never heard of that band) has recorded a serious album. Almost all alone that is. And perhaps that is also the point: it is so obvious that there is no band playing the songs on this CD. You actually hear a man singing, play the guitar and the bass and who has been playing around with a drum machine. Moreover, the man failed to write good songs. On the contrary. The songs are boring, without surprise and much too seriously. The album opens with ‘Running Against The Wind', a track that has little more to offer than a good guitar solo. The following ‘To The Farthest Shore’ is symptomatic of the work of Dietrich: the song lasts almost six minutes too long because there is just nothing happening musically. In addition, you become annoyed by those terrible vocals (‘hey ho’). ‘A Sailor’s Song’ 'is quite a nice song, with harmony (although dubbed) vocal lines and with four minutes fortunately not too long. Dietrich sounds very serious all the timely. I cannot imagine that the man laughed in the studio while recording the album. You do not hear joy or fun. Also, the sweet ‘The Open Sea' suffers from previously mentioned syndrome. They are all interchangeable, fragile songs of a multi-instrumentalist who next time should not go in the studio alone: he needs a sparring partner. This is simply not good enough.

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