CARL VERHEYEN

"Sundial" (Cranktone Entertainment; 2021)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Like you probably do, I check out the new releases at RoughEdge.com (at http://www.roughedge.com/releasecalendar-2020.htm) to see what's new in the pipeline. Awhile ago, I discovered Carl Verheyen and his recording "Sundial." 

I listened to the entire release and then went down the rabbit hole for a few weeks, trying to figure this fucking music out. It's not hard rock, it's no heavy metal and it's not even loud ... but it's very well done musically. Guitar excellence has been a staple with this site (see artists like Kevin Zugschwert, Rick Ray, Sam Kazerooni and others). These guys line right up with Carl Verheyen. Where the hell has this guy been and how come I have never heard of him? He was the guitarist of Supertramp in the mid-80s and toured with the band. He formed his own band in 1988, the Carl Verheyen Band, and recorded numerous releases under that name. Smooth jazz music with lyrics that will take you to another place if you let them. Stylized guitar that flows like water over a waterfall.

Again, this music is not in any way hard or heavy and, frankly, may not appeal to all Rough Edge readers. But I was fucking transformed by the music myself. I mean, isnít that why we listen to what we like?

There was a song abut Simon and Garfunkel and another about Albert Einstein and some other characters I have yet to figure out but I'm looking forward to listening again and again, until till this bitch is out of my head!

I cannot, in good conscience, give this four guitarsaws, but I will give it a strong three!

For more information, check out https://carlverheyen.com/.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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