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Di Meola still knows his fans' hearts

From the Autumn 2002 issue.

Flesh on Flesh
Flesh on Flesh
By Al Di Meola

Telarc Records: 2002

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Al Di Meola is back and hasn't forgotten what his fans want to hear: guitar, and lots of it.

Beautiful guitar melodies appear all over this disc, as well as Di Meola's trademark staccato runs. But this album isn't just about vehicles to showcase virtuoso guitar playing: these are actual songs.

The first track, "Zona Desperata," is a prime example of the beautiful orchestration that appears on this album. "Fugata" is another stand-out track with a syncopated rhythm that will make your head spin. A pleasant surprise was the inclusion of a remake of "Señor Mouse," which appeared on Di Meola's classic album, "Casino."

The only disappointment on the album was the all too short "Deep and Madly," which features one of the most beautiful melodies on the entire disc.

Despite that aural travesty, this is a fantastic disc that would make a fine addition to anybody's collection.

Review by Gabriel Lopez. Gabriel is guitarist for Fractured Halo, and lives in Fallbrook, Calif.

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