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Carl Verheyen – Mustang Run

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On September 11, 2014
Last modified:September 11, 2014

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Here is @PlanetMosh's review of Carl Verheyen's 2014 solo disc, a wonderful journey through "rock fusion", titled Mustang Run.

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And now for something different, and decidedly non-metal, in metal-land! Guitarist Carl Verheyen, of Supertramp fame, released his fantastic solo album, Mustang Run, on August 1. Verheyen has a short tour of the UK lined up to support the release. The 11 tracks (ten instrumental) presented here are a wonderful and gentle introduction to the large, oft-vague genre of ‘fusion’: music that fuses elements of blues, jazz, and rock.

The album has a wildly different sequence then an average rock listener is used to: instead of top-loading the disc with the ‘heaviest’ tunes first and last, Mustang Run alternates a faster tune with a mellower or slower tune. Instead of the customary emotional rollercoaster, listeners are treated to a series of gentle rolling waves.

Dynamic and polite, the sound quality and instrument balance throughout are sublime. Verheyen’s eclectic chords, nimble changes, and tonal experiments, especially during jazzy numbers like “Fusioneers Disease”, remind us that he’s a “guitarist’s guitarist”, respected and elevated among his peers. For listeners looking to unwind after a long day of grating rock music “on 11”, calm tunes like “Julietta and the St. George” or “Last Days of Autumn” present an ear-soothing opportunity to relax. Of note, only the last track, a bonus called “Bloody Well Right”, contains vocals.

Star-studded, the disc features guest performances by Simon Phillips, Chad Wackerman, Jerry Goodman, Bill Evans, Jimmy Johnson, Stu Hamm, and Gregg Bissonette. Unfortunately, (at least my) promotional copy does not have any of this labeled, so it’s impossible to mention where each guest gets their time to shine.

An agile and versatile disc, Mustang Run accomplishes what it sets out to do: present a fusion of disparate genres in a palatable, progressive, avant-garde format.

Track Listing:
Taylor’s Blues
Julietta and the St. George
Fusioneers Disease
Last Days of Autumn
Amandola
Riding the Bean
Passage to Run
Mustang Run
Fourth Door on the Right
Spirit of Julia
* Bloody Well Right (bonus track)

Links:
Official Artist Website
Official Artist Facebook Page
Official Artist Twitter Account

Here is @PlanetMosh's review of Carl Verheyen's 2014 solo disc, a wonderful journey through "rock fusion", titled Mustang Run.

About Iris North

My formal position is: editor and music reviewer. I joined the PlanetMosh army in 2012. I enjoy extreme metal, 'shred' guitar, hard rock, prog rock, punk, and... silly pop music!