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Junk DNA

By ABe - AOR Website (translated from Italian)

IAN JAMES STEWART "Junk DNA" (Dangerous Dog) rating: 85/100

For Those Who Listen: Soft Rock, Jazz, Pop Ian James Stewart's name will not be unknown to several of you, having been an important part of Scottish Strangeways which provided its contribution as a guitarist. admit to having lost sight of for a while and now I find him with this solo album I was blown away as it has little to do with his past hard rock / AOR, indeed, the thirteen songs ranging in various musical fields, all treated with a remarkable maturity. Atmospheric The "Phosphorus", for example, is sweet and delicate as they knew to be Dire Straits and Sting solo, yet his eight and a half minutes and absolutely do not weigh flowing stroking ears and heart.

Very different tenor the next "Big White Monkey" with its Southern Rock sounds that are sunny and scorching diluted in soft and safe pop / rock "One More Time", which owes much to American songwriters like Jackson Browne or Tom Petty, while " Path Of Lightening "takes these influences and mixes them with Dire Straits without squirming too much.

"Charlie Parker" plays with jazz refined by nightclub and "So Far So Good", rich choruses and expansive spaces, would not be sorry to Bruce Hornsby .
The average duration of each track is over five / six minutes and the target audience is adults, used to be lulled by the performers, to be transported to distant shores, to appreciate the subtleties instrumental scattered generously by Stewart that long wanted to experiment with a similar operation lontata the more familiar patterns of Strangeways. Success! http://www.ianjamesstewart.com/ ABe What works: you feel that the artist is able to express the feelings nit: not for the purists rockers

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A word or two on Junk DNA from Robert Wyatt..

I well remember father Brian Eno's warning dictum concerning unhelpfully decorative clutter:

"every object obscures another".

And here's what is so refreshing about what Ian James Stewart does. there's everything you need and nothing you don't.

Ian's music has a hypnotic elegance. A magical touch - almost translucent at times - but with a warm pulse that really drives the music along with an organically focussed momentum.

Rock music for grownups.


Ian was born in a small Scottish farmhouse, to the sound of his father's accordion. Started playing guitar in the mid-sixties, strumming along to his dad's records - Hank Williams and Johnny Cash as well as the popular music of the day.

Ian's sister Linda played piano, brother Billy played violin, and later his younger brother David took up bass guitar.

Ian started playing in their dad's band. A mix of scottish and country music. Next he found himself in a Glasgow band "the James Boys", playing material by such as Steely Dan, the Eagles, and Stevie Wonder.

After six months with them in Spain, Ian returned home to work on his own songs.

He managed to get hold of an old reel-to-reel tape recorder, bouncing ideas back and forth until he felt he'd got enough possibilities down to write and record his own music in own way.

after recording and touring with many of the best, Ian's really earned this.

Ian James Stewart's music has something to say, and does so in a way I find totally authentic.


robert Y@.

Thank you Robert..!