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Al Di Meola - The Infinite Desire CD (album) cover

THE INFINITE DESIRE

Al Di Meola

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.09 | 30 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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2 stars My desire for Di Meola's music is hardly infinite

Infinite Desire is an album that mixes World Music with Al Di Meola's virtuoso guitar playing. Unlike his World Sinfonia project, the present album is not acoustic. We get both electric and acoustic guitars here, and as always with Di Meola they are played exceptionally well. He also has many other musicians backing him up on piano, keyboards, bass, drums and different percussions both acoustic and electronic. Some passages sound a little bit like Mike Oldfield but with more energy and intensity and more Jazz influenced. There are many good moments and Infinite Desire is partly an enjoyable listen. However, it is not memorable and as a writer Di Meola is not always successful in my opinion. And with a running time of over an hour, it is very hard for him to keep this listeners attention. Compared to many of his albums from the 80's and 90's, the present album is an improvement. But he did much better albums both before and after this one.

One track is a revisit to the classic Race With Devil On Spanish Highway, but here it is called Race With Devil On Turkish Highway. I must say that I very much prefer the Spanish highway over this Turkish one! The mystery guest is Di Meola's guitar colleague Steve Vai, but (for better or for worse) his presence is not that evident.

There is no doubt that this is a high quality recording by a very professional musician that I admire, but I cannot recommend the present album to anyone other than his fans and collectors.

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |

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