John Wesley – A Way You’ll Never Be
Having cut his teeth over the years as a go-to axeman for Sister Hazel, Mike Tramp, Marillion’s Steve Hogarth & Steve Rothery solo outings, as well as supporting another Marillion namesake, Fish; it’s his work with Porcupine Tree that has made him a familiar face in the world of progressive rock. He’s emerged as a solo artist across nine albums, the latest being A Way You’ll Never Be, and with that, he’s planted another flag for himself.
As A Way… marks his second for InsideOut, the music shows not only the prowess as an artist in his own right, but fleshes out the elements that he brings to all projects he lends his hand to. Remaining evocative to his own nature, unapologetically executing his hybrid of tech-minded tunage and the urge to simply rock out, the record is without clashes of desperation leaving a more instinctive approach front and center. Weighing on modern rock textures of grinding guitars (think Soundgarden or Alter Bridge), the album doesn’t find itself deprived of intricacy as the staccato laden “By the Light of the Sun” and the multi-faceted “To Outrun the Light” bringing about that gravitation to more flexible melodies; even as he eases things back on “Unsafe Place,” his Gilmour-esque guitar lines grip stridently. Yet songwriting provides a conspicuously drafted approach towards bringing about a catchier mantra at times, most notably with “Nada.” It’s a dark record that is balanced with sparkling heavy nuances, and with Wesley’s pedigree it’s nothing less than one would expect from the man who has helped provide the backbone for many.
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