Department of Virtuosity (Poland)
Milan Polak - Straight
Some of you can remember Mr. Polak from his first two solo albums and his reputation as one of the greatest European guitarists. It isn't strange at all, since he has a great experience in many styles and achieved it cooperating with the likes of Last Acoustic, Joel Rivard, Alessandro Benvenuti, Lidia Baich, Falco (late Hans Hölzel), Haddaway, Sigi Maron, Todd Duane, New World and a famous virtuoso Paul Gilbert. The line-up gathered for the third Milan's solo release was as follows: Milan Polak (vocal, guitar, percussion, additional bass, blues harp), John Macaluso (drums; Yngwie Malmsteen, Ark, Union Radio), Randy Coven (bass guitar; Yngwie Malmsteen, Ark, MCM) and Fabio Trentini (bass guitar).
As you can remember, Milan was famous for his instrumental excesses on previous solo stuffs, but this time he decided to change a musical direction. First and foremost, Milan sang on all the tracks for the first time and showed off an excellent English accent. As far as the instrumental side of the stuff is concerned, he placed an emphasis on feeling and simplicity. He plays nor daredevil, neither experimental guitar solos, but treats them as a diversity of every track.
Since some pieces of his music are groovy, bluesy and even funky, it can be compared to solo works produced by Patrick Vega and Richie Kotzen (latest ones). Another distinguishing feature of this Austrian virtuoso's solo release is a modern sound, however the thing I most like is its clouded, muffled, nostalgic, atmospheric and alternative mood in a sense. Briefly put, this music is as straight as its composer, haha.