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Martin Cilia - The Odd One Out - Backing Tracksdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is the second release Martin Cilia has put together of backtracks from an album for the express purpose of providing a venue for guitarists to play lead with the band. I like this concept - sort of a modern version of the Play Guitar With The Ventures series that was so important during the early to mid sixties.

The reviews are for the completed tracks. Where lead guitar or melody are referenced, think of it as your review! So, get out your ax and rock the house down!
Picks: Real To Reel, Cry For A Shadow, Exile On Chapel Street, Pick On Me, Ancestor, West Of Bondi, 1993, Road To Ballarat

Track by Track Review

The Odd One Out dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a very light hearted song, with very pleasant tone and a genuine pop lilt. This is a thoroughly delightful track. Precision and fluid, with an easy sound.

Real To Reel dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Real To Reel" uses a circular riff and has a somewhat gentle rock edge. At times, I am reminded of Cat Mother and the All Night News Boys, though it's just a fleeting reference point.

Cry For A Shadow dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a really nice treatment of The Beatles' "Cry For A Shadow." It's arrangement is relatively original. This early George Harrison and John Lennon instro has been covered a lot, but not really like this. The guitar is echoed British, but the backtrack is more rock and more original. The drums play a surf beat.

Exile On Chapel Street dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Martin Cilia is having way too much fun with his echo box in the beginning. This has a twangy thick guitar duet sound and an infectious rhythm. I found that "Exile On Chapel Street" really grew on me as I listened. As a reference point, Germany's Epitaph might due if you mutated them into a more joyous sound. Quite nice.

Medication dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Medication" is an almost jazz instro with a light sound and uplifting gate. Its sound and melody are purely enjoyable, and suggest a top down summer drive through the valley.

The Same Song Remains dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"The Same Song Remains" is a saucy rock guitar instro with a fine melody and very nice backtrack. Superb playing and arranging result in a fluid and satisfying track.

Chunky dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Chunky" is a funky, bluesy jam with great bass work and drums. The riff is catchy and well played. There are some flying guitar lines in the break too.

Pick On Me dotdotdotdot
Country Rock (Instrumental)

Boy does this creep up on you. Within a few lines, I discovered I was quite enamored with this track. "Pick On Me" is country flavored and entirely fun. Its catchy riffs and splendid performance caliber are irresistible.

Ancestor dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Built around a wonderfully infectious rhythm, "Ancestor" is endearing and wonderfully engaging. Its chemistry and sense of rhythm in time are splendid, and the extremely artful changes between the various movements is simply commanding. Wonderful, sophisticated, and enthralling.

West Of Bondi dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"West Of Bondi" has a traveling sound and flowing melody line that tells a story. Arranged with a genuine sense of ensemble, this song just feels complete. Its aural qualities transcend its fundamental style.

1993 dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Big drama, sweeping imagery, and a relentless beat power this picturesque song. "1993" is sophisticated without being prog-pompous. Martin Cilia's work here is at the upper echelons. A fine track.

Road To Ballarat dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Imposed vinyl noise give this finger picked acoustic guitar number a gentle and vintage feel. Simply pretty and emotional.