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Friday, January 18, 2008

Album Review: Ian Moore, Luminaria

Ian Moore

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Artist: Ian Moore
Title: Luminaria

I gotta admit, I never connected with any of Moore’s earlier releases. It wasn’t due to a lack of trying. I listened ‘till my ears bleed and while the talent was evident I just never, ‘got it.’ Pte, the bass player of Indigenous, bleed, ‘Ian Moore’ from his pores one summer and was convinced that only Jimi Hendrix was better. Hmmm. I didn’t get it.

On his latest effort, Moore is clearly leaving behind his Austin Twang-bar king days and wagering his entire career on the ability to move into a new genre. In other words, when Moore tours back into Omaha on September 24th (Sokol Underground) do not expect to hear any blues whammy stuff.

Instead, The All New’ Moore will be performing some exceptionally well-written pop songs as heard on his latest album, Luminaira. But why pop music? I would guess the move is strategic. The blues-rock guitar playing monster category has been slipping further and further down in sales and popularity. While a ‘hot’ selling blues record may see as many as 30,000 units sold, a well done pop record should sell 3X that number or more: volume and money! Evidently at still a young age Moore had peaked and had started looking around for new mountains to climb. Good for him!

Like most ‘pop’ music, Moore’s latest sound is hard to categorize. That means you’re going to have to hear it to understand it. I would suggest taking the time to visit Moore’s website (www.IanMoore.com) to hear it. There is a Paul McCartney sense of arrangement to the sonic landscapes and shades that Moore’s creates with.

HEAR THIS; you are not going to listen to this disc one time and completely appreciate the depth and texture that is packed into this recording. As a matter of fact, if you can’t spend time with this recording you probably shouldn’t invest any time into the effort. On the other hand, and there’s always another hand, this is probably an album that, given time could quite possibly open up all new frontiers of interest. It’s a passionate recording that revels layer upon layer with repeated listening.

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