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Welcome to the EvO:R Carrera Reviews Section.
I would like to take a few minutes to introduce myself to everyone. My name is Bill
Carrera and I am the new music reviewer here at Evor. I wanted to let you know a little
about my thoughts on music. It's important to let the people that I review know how I
think of and listen to music.
First of all I believe that if your music sucks then
the world should know about it! After all, you have the nerve to charge as much for
your stuff as the majors do so it better be pretty damn good, and if it is, I'll also
tell the world. I'll hold nothing back!
Cognition by Jimmy Caterine
It's always interesting to take the walk to the mailbox. Will there be bills? Well, of course there are bills
but in my case I also get the chance to look for other cool things in my mailbox. Packages of all shapes and sizes
carrying round discs with sounds, melodies and rhythms, press kits with cool gifts, and bill come to my mailbox.
In this trip I discover the EvO:R member Jimmy Caterine.
Jimmy Caterine, former guitarist for the group Sacred Rite offers an 11 song journey through the realms of
“Rebirth”, “Soul Discovery”, and “Cognition”. Caterine's love of classical music drives this disc. The
evidence of this is not just touched on in this disc but is splattered all over the place.
I've always been a huge fan of the blending of classical strings and modern rock guitar and this disc
had plenty of both. It never became an indulgent journey into extreme speed and dextarity as many of such CD
eventually become. This CD remained very controlled throughout even though a few times I thought the guitar
pyrotechics were just seconds away.
The first time I listened to “Cognition” I was drawn to the complexity of his music. I could hear different
sounds and effects going on in the background, things I wasn't use to hearing on the rash of many
current CD projects. The additional soundscape added a number of layers to some very complex chord patterns and
allowed Caterine to really express himself when he chose those magic moments.
My only missgivings about the Cognition project was that it was recorded in a home studio
using a set of head phones or mixed down via a computer using small near field multi-media speakers to do
the final mixdown. Why should this be a big concern on my part?
Because this is one damn good disc. One that screams out for a bigger and wider soundstage when as a listener
you want to hear everything this disc has to offer.
Now on the brighter side: with a good set of headphones you can hear the well crafted music
of Jimmy Caterine.
Cognition is a true listeners disc. What I mean by that is, what you get from this disc is not going to be
the exact same as when someone else listens to it for the first time. I think every listener will take something
with them after each listen..
One of the things I like to look for in a song is not only the melody, after all we all like something
that we can easily identify a song by and usually it is the melody, but the under lying accents of the
other instruments. On Cognition it was hard sometimes to tell which was the melody and what was the rhythm.
The parts blending well enough for there to be two maybe three distinct patterns going on that could be
followed as the main theme of the song, giving the listener a large pallet to listen to in just one song.
As a first pre-listen conception I thought this would be a standard electric guitar disc. Having familiar
distorted and overdriven melodies, I am glad I was mistaken. Don't get me wrong I love a good lead guitar
riff but the acoustic guitar on this disc is well placed and very appropriate.
At the time of this review I think I am on my fifth listen of this disc. Often times, because of the number
of discs I receive, the disc gets listened to enough times to get a feel for the music then it is put into
my files. This disc will not get to the files any time soon as it will stay in my CD player for quite a while.
That is the best recommendation I can come up with for Jimmy Caterine's “Cognition”…It’s a keeper!
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Reviews will appear in the order that CD's are sent so don't delay
as it takes a couple weeks now and we just got started!