John Fahey-Red Cross

John Fahey Red Cross:

During the nineties Fahey released a lot of sound collages and intentionally abrasive guitar music. All of that material sucks, its a sound sculpture of a bitter old alcoholic. This album is an attempt to incorporate some of the ground explored in those albums, i.e. effects pedals, with Fahey’s older material. Other than an ill-fated attempt at a drone piece, the tracks feature Fahey alone on an effected guitar. Although kind of cool in certain parts, the tracks sound in general sound like Fahey trying out pedals at a guitar store. They don’t feel composed or structured at all. Though this isn’t a bad disk, its disappointing that this is his final statement as an artist.