Mark Bogert -
Painting The World

(CD 2016, 39:23, Freia Music)

The tracks:
  1- Earning The Best(3:29)
  2- Obstacles In The Universe(3:15)
  3- Nature Of Stone(4:12)
  4- Friends On Holiday(3:38)
  5- Learning The Difficulties(3:42)
  6- Freedom After Wars(3:55)
  7- Missing The Loved Ones(3:04)
  8- Running Till The End Of Time(4:02)
  9- Created Lifestyle(4:46)
10- A Lifetime Journey(5:15)

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The second solo album of the Dutch guitar picker Mark Bogert is even better than his debut A Story In Parts (2014, see review). Nowadays Bogert is a full member of the progressive rock band Knight Area, but this new album called Painting The World is also worth listening to.

Bogert's phenomenal guitar playing style sometimes reminds me of guitar pickers like Eric Johnson and Joe Satriani. This album almost sounds like an album in the good old Mike Varney tradition, so think of guitar players like Greg Howe, Marty Friedman, Jason Becker and Vinnie Moore. You will not find a bad song on Painting The World, but the absolute highlights are Nature Of Stone (Satch-like with an amazing melody), Learning The Difficulties (great solos and lots of arpeggios), Running Till The End Of Time (up tempo with great hooks and riffs) and the last and longest track called A Lifetime Journey, which is funky and mysterious as well.

Painting The World is a must for guitar lovers and you have to play at maximum volume to really enjoy it. Mark Bogert is probably the best Dutch guitar player at this moment so buy this album!!

**** Martien Koolen (edited by Tracy van Os van den Abeelen)

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