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Source: Amelia'sMagazine.com
amelias_logoMaster guitarist and don to the desert rock producing world, Alain Johannes takes to the skies with his debut record Spark.
Written by Willemijn Barker-Benfield

You might not know it, but you know Alain Johannes. Producer and artist extraordinaire, having previously produced and collaborated with the infamous Queens of the Stone Age; No Doubt, PJ Harvey, Eleven, and toured with the super group Them Crooked Vultures earlier this year, Johannes is renowned throughout many rock circles for his mesmerising guitar skills, which in March of this year had me caught in a spell during a musical intermission of the Crooked Vultures’ intense set. Thinking Johannes was a brave man to compete with the likes of Grohl, Homme and Jones, I was left blown away by his talent and unequivocal sound.

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writers_on_processIn Macbeth, Shakespeare writes, "Give sorrow words: the grief that does not speak/Whispers the o'er-fraught heart and bids it break." Faced with loss, we must give voice to our feelings so that we can begin some semblance of recovery. For Alain Johannes, there was no other option. In 2008, Natasha Shneider, his partner in every sense of the word--in romance, in friendship, and in music--died of cancer at the age of 42. They had been together for 25 years.

Out of this grief came Jonannes' solo release Spark (Rekords Rekords). On display are all of the emotions Johannes felt after Shneider's death, from grief to anger to celebration. The album was completed in only four days; in his words, Johannnes was "pregnant" with the inspiration and ideas for it. It just had to be made, because the lyrics were ready to burst forth. He made Spark much for his own benefit: to heal, and to pay tribute to Shneider. But while the inspiration part of the process was easy, it came from a very raw state. As Dante wrote, "No greater grief than to remember joy when misery is at hand."

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Source:  HumoNegro.com

logo_humonegroHay personas en el mundo que no saben que son especiales hasta que alguien se los dice, pero incluso así, su humildad no les brinda la posibilidad de darse por aludidos; lo que a nosotros nos parece especial, para ellos es normalidad en estado puro.

Alain Johannes pertenece a esa camada y, tal vez por eso, a muchos les pareció extraño que otorgara una presentación absolutamente gratuita, luego de su paso por un festival con miles de asistentes, como lo fue Maquinaria. El lugar elegido fue el club Rock & Guitarras y –era que no– estaba repleto.

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Alain-Johannes-468x351Alain Johannes has honed his formidable skills while playing a prominent role in acts such as Queens Of The Stone Age, Eleven and Them Crooked Vultures, which he utilizes to the fullest on his debut solo record, Spark, an album we found to be nothing short of a masterpiece.

Dedicated to his late wife Natasha Shneider, who also played in both Eleven and QOTSA, Johannes said that with Spark he "was really just trying to make a record that she would be proud of." Given how fantastic the album is, as we said in our review: "after one, two, fifteen listens and more, we've not a shred of doubt that she would be."

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and_magazine_2010_10_14One of those rare and 'amazing' finds...

AND Magazine put Alain on the cover, and reviewer Allison Boring tells us, "Sould bearing, heart wrenching, amazing love and the beautiful sadness that is Spark

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