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Niacin by Niacin

Every once in a while, a group comes along and does things just a little different than the others. Niacin is one such group. Tastefully blending bass and drums with an old Hammond B3 organ into a strange but quite palatable amalgamation, Niacin demonstrates that you don't need to use standard orchestration to make wonderful music. The songs are as varied as the instrumentation, running the gamut from beautiful ballads to energetic arias to melancholy melodies.

The name Niacin is itself a strange analogy, being a derivative of vitamin B, Niacin (C5H4NCOOH) is necessary for growth, which seems to be the purpose and direction of this album, to push the walls of acceptability back a little further than they were before. "Evolving" groups such as this are what keep music ever-changing and exciting and for that, I applaud them.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Niacin
  • CD Title: Niacin
  • Genre: Fusion
  • Year Released: 1997
  • Record Label: Stretch Records
  • Musicians: Billy Sheehan - Bass / John Novello - Hammond B3 / Dennis Chambers - Drums
  • Rating: Five Stars
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