- David "Skinny Devil" McLean
Originally published at Tinfoil Music
Date: Monday, April 19 2004 @ 14:35:56 BST
Listening to Ben Lacy's "One Track Mind" is a fantastic
experience, but when you realize all that sound came from one guy in one
pass (no overdubs), it will blow your mind. Combining complex lines and
techniques (funk slaps, hammered chords, blazing lines), Ben mimics
bass & drum accompaniment to his guitar melodies and chordal stabs
to brilliant effect!
Once one samples the cover tunes on the CD, like "Hey Nineteen" and
Jacko's "Billie Jean", the true effect begins to come to life, and you
hear the original songs in a different light.
awesome technique, however, isn't the showcase. His chops exist solely
for the song, and his songs are well-crafted, interesting, and come
across like a breath of fresh air. Check out "Slap, Crackle, & Pop"
or "Layercake" and you'll be served up some funky grooves, popping
melodies, and other tasty treats (check out those polyrhythmic
songs, like "Bobby's Tune", are light and airy, but still funky - with
interesting melodies and compelling harmonies that are sure to satisfy.
of my favorite tracks is "Get Your Feet Wet". Lacy runs wicked
quasi-atonal lines over a constantly shifting rhythmic bed that'll make
your head spin!
had the pleasure of seeing this guy perform live, I can tell you for a
fact that he performs these flawlessly on the concert stage. Ben Lacy is
simply incredible, and his debut solo release, "One Track Mind" is a CD
that should be in the collection of ALL serious guitarists and guitar