Sound — 9
This album has an all around extremely tight feel to it, showing the maturity, experience, and prowess of the artist (Garett). The songs have a level of depth, ambience, and response that would usually only be expected from completely professional virtuoso, i.e. Satriani or Johnson. True to the album's name, this album has a very 'raw' and 'real' sound to it, making it seem all-the-more accessable to the average listener, and much more "personal". Garett shows his many different influences throughout the album, such as the song "Solana", which could easily fit right next to the ranks of Carlos Santana's "Europa", or "Moonflower". "The Union" shows an interesting and unique aspect of Garetts phrasing and song-structuring abilities, while "Old School" is a track that continues to develop. Finally, the album would not be complete without the completely beautiful finishers "Alice" and "Night Out", "Alice" being a work that can surely stand strongly against any criticism anyone might have to offer.
Lyrics — 7
While the album is primarily an instrumental album, Garett belts out a few lines of lyrics on "Crystal Eyes". The style of singing and whatnot only further add to the album's 'Raw' feeling. Garett seems to take the same approach as Joe Satriani when it comes to lyrics: keep it simple, yet make it effective. Also, this is reminiscent of Nirvana, a large influence according to garett.
Overall Impression — 9
This is an outstanding album, especially for a first album from a home musician. While there are certain songs that stand out amongst the rest, such as "Alice", "Night Out", and "The Union", the album remains a well-balanced being worthy of equal respect and admiration throughout it's works.