Kiko Loureiro
No Gravity

Release date: July 17th 2006
Label: Locomotive Records
Target (Denmark)
Instrumental Rock

Rating: 50/100
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Reviewed by: Peter Laursen
Date: July 9th 2006

Debut solo album from Angra guitarist Kiko Loureiro, called “No Gravity”. Produced by Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Angra) and featuring drummer Mike Terrana (Rage), however Kiko is handling percussion, keyboards, piano, bass, and of course guitars by himself. Impressive!

Kiko locked himself in a German studio with Mike and Dennis and this album containing 13 instrumental tracks is the final result. The music here can best be described as a mix of Hard Rock with Jazz and Latin influences provided to us by a very talented and gifted guitarist.  

But do I like this album? Yes and no! This guy shreds, no doubt about that, but the memorable effect is low in my humble opinion. Most of tracks are too boring for my taste…lots and lots of solos that sound the same to me. There are a few tracks that I like but some of them are too “Jazzy” for my taste. Where is the power? Only a few tracks are hard rocking tracks in my book…  

For those who worship those axe wielders of precise technical ability with Jazz and Latin influences then “No gravity” are probably for you. To me it’s just another Instrumental Rock album. Background music while I have my attention on something else. Do remember this; Instrumental mastery doesn’t necessarily equal good music.  

But do check it out… he IS a magnificent musician.