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Jeff Aug
Before Then After (Peloponnesian Music)

By: Alex Steininger

A guitarist from Washington, D.C., Jeff Aug offers up his third solo album, which is a collection of fifteen tracks of just one guitar solo each (except track 13, which also uses sample guitars).

Now, I'm not the biggest fan of rock instrumentals, matter of fact I hate them, which gave me good cause to hate this album before I even heard it. Of course, I popped it in and gave it a listen. Jeff proves himself a worthy guitarist, quite capable of a lot of things. He even makes the album intriguing during parts, but alas I craved lyrics, drums, and a bass, but never got them.

Another thing that bugs me is really long songs, and "Funky Acoustic Groove Thang Part 1" is over nine minutes, with 'part 2' clocking in at over ten minutes. A few minutes into each I lost all interest and had to skip them. But, the rest of the tracks were able to keep me, despite the three to four minute average life of each, for the remainder of the song. I gave them all a good, in-depth listen but was never able to get into them. I gave it a chance, I really did, but it just didn't stick. I'll give this album a C-, as Jeff genuinely is a great guitarist, he just needs to bring his guitar skills to a band.

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