It’s always a treat to see what guitar phenom, Andy Timmons, is up to in the studio. Since his days as the axe man for the 80’s band, Danger Danger, Timmons journeyed on to carve out a phenomenal body of work as a solo artist as well as working with and for some great and diverse talent such as Simon Phillips, Kip Winger, and Olivia Newton-John.
This is the first CD since ATB’s wave-making treatment of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper album, “Theme” is bubbling over with Andy’s signature sound. Andy’s attention to intricate melody and amazing tonal detail can’t be missed. What also is evident in each of the album’s songs is the depth and warmth of Andy the man . Any of us who have been privileged to not only meet Andy Timmons but get to know him knows that you will never meet a kinder, warmer, gentler person in the music business.
The album blasts out of its jewel case with “Ascension” which definitely draws from Timmons’ earlier songwriting influences. Uplifting. Positive. Intricate (that word just seems to fit Andy’s talent). Forward-moving. Yeah, all the things that people need in order to survive – and, yes, ascend – in this world today.
I won’t review all of the songs on “Theme” but I do want to cover a couple of more, notably the title track from the album. I’ll go out on a critical limb and say that this song (and segueing into “Sanctuary”) just may very well be Timmons’ next “Cry For You.”
Yeah, they’re not only that great but that mind-blowing. Seriously.
“On Your Way Sweet Soul” oozes with introspection and bittersweet warmth that one feels when thinking of losing someone to death or distance. I haven’t had a chance to chat with Andy, yet, about the album but, when I do, rest assured that I plan on getting the story behind this song.
If you don’t buy another album this month, buy “Theme From A Perfect World.” After you do, then I encourage you to order the rest of Andy’s work. I own all of his work and listen to it often.
Yeah, it’s that great.