Derek Sherinian


Derek Sherinian - Inertia ©2001 InsideOut Music
1. Inertia
2. Frankenstein
3. Mata Hari
4. Evel Knievel
5. La Pera Loca
6. Goodbye Porkpie Hat
7. Astroglide
8. What A Shame
9. Rhapsody Intro
10. Rhapsody In Black

"Hi, I'm Derek Sherinian. You might remember me from such albums as Dream Theater's Falling Into Infinity or Alice Cooper's The Last Temptation."

While Derek Sherinian might not need a Troy McClure introduction to most prog music fans, some might need an introduction to his latest project, a solo release entitled Inernia, featuring his keyboard talents flung together with such luminaries as Zakk Wylde, Tony Franklin and Simon Phillips, who also produced the album with Derek. Surprisingly, for a solo record made by a man who makes his living tinkling the ivories, the keyboards aren't the focal point of many of these songs. Rather, Sherinian takes the tugboat approach (a little Mike Watt reference, y'all) and spends much of the record's time underscoring and complementing the contributions of the other musicians. The resulting record is a good listen, particularly those who already have the tendency to enjoy solo instrumental releases of people who have played in famous bands. The songs are a mix between crunchier numbers, such as the cover of "Frankenstein", and more lite, neo-elevator music. However, the lighter numbers are fairly interesting, albeit occasionally antiseptic. "Mata Hari" features some nifty basswork from Tony Franklin.

Without a doubt, the throngs of Dream Theater fanatics will be extremely curious to Sherinian's doings since leaving the band, so Inertia might be moving to them. The album may also appeal to those who have a hankering to hear a good instrumental record that isn't too overly heavy on technical jokers showing off their skills and under heavy on decent songwriting.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 04/2001

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