Monday, January 13, 2014

CD Review – The Reality of the Fantasy, by James Sera

On his debut disc, James Sera takes the art of solo acoustic fingerstyle guitar in bold new directions.

Sera is an accomplished player who is also a guitar instructor. However, he is also adept at spinning compelling six-string yarns.

The compositions are intricate and delicate, but they also have an edge that is often not found in this kind of recording. This is due to Sera's use of alternate tunings and his unique arrangement of intros, bridges, and chord progressions.

Often, Sera's smooth, effortless playing will draw you in and set you up to think you know what's coming up next. That's where Sera shakes things up, charting unexpected paths that are ultimately satisfying and thrilling.
This is definitely an acoustic excursion worth taking, especially for enthusiasts of solo acoustic fingerstyle guitar.
--Raj Manoharan

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