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Inner Revolution - Adrian Belew

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Genre: Rock - Pop Rock / Artist: Adrian Belew / Import / Audio CD released 2004-01-27 at Wounded Bird

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      21.03.2008 22:23
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      Adrian Belew's sixth album (1992).

      Despite being lauded for his experimental guitar playing among other talents, Adrian Belew has released some really quite mediocre pop albums. 'Inner Revolution' isn't his worst, saved by the prevalence of guitar work that will at least please those who enjoyed his tenure in King Crimson during the early eighties, but the majority of these songs fall completely flat and won't hold any interest to those who approach the musician based on accounts of his skill. There are very few songs that stand out in any way, with almost the entire album being relegated to filler.

      The title song begins in quite an exciting and energetic fashion, and the balance between energy and calm is something this album tackles reasonably well throughout. It still sounds like a David Bowie B-side from the seventies, and really it's surprising to think that this album was recorded in the nineties. 'This Is What I Believe In' continues to be led by Belew's vocals above anything else, but features impressive and creative guitar work, even if Belew sounds like he's ripping off his own back catalogue. The distortion of 'Standing in the Shadow' makes for the most Crimsonesque offering here, but doesn't really stand up in quality.

      'Big Blue Sun' is one of the most successful songs on the album, mainly for managing to sound different. Beginning very gentle, it becomes more upbeat but retains the string instruments and is automatically slightly more progressive merely for including them, while also sounding nicely reminiscent of the sixties rather than merely lacking in original thought. 'I Walk Alone' is similarly pleasant, while the necessary "weird" aspect of the album is only really held up (disappointingly) by 'Birds,' and that's only really due to the vocals.

      1. Inner Revolution
      2. This Is What I Believe In
      3. Standing in the Shadow
      4. Big Blue Sun
      5. Only a Dream
      6. Birds
      7. I'd Rather Be Right Here
      8. The War in the Gulf Between Us
      9. I Walk Alone
      10. Everything Belew
      11. Heaven's Bed
      12. Member of the Tribe

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Inner Revolution
    2 This Is What I Believe In
    3 Standing In The Shadow
    4 Big Blue Sun
    5 Only A Dream
    6 Birds
    7 I'd Rather Be Right Here
    8 War In The Gulf Between Us
    9 I Walk Alone
    10 Everything
    11 Heaven's Bed
    12 Member Of The Tribe