Derek Sherinian: Oceana Review

UK Release Date: 9/5/11 (Mascot)

It has been a big year for keyboardist Derek Sherinian. Last September featured the debut of Black Country Communion and June saw BCC release their second album “2,” where Sherinian really shined on tracks like “The Outsider” and “Crossfire.” Now Sherinian is set to release a new solo album Oceana.

Oceana is a collection of nine instrumentals and features appearances from Black Country Communion bandmate Joe Bonamassa, Steve Lukather (Toto), Simon Phillips (Toto), who is on drums the entire record, Tony MacAlpine (Planet X), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), Jimmy Johnson and Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder). A talented lineup to be sure and they deliver with some tremendous performances.

One of the strong points of the album is the balance. Sherinian dazzles on the keys, but does not overshadow his guests. There is a seamless cohesiveness to the tracks. This is apparent on the aptly titled “Euphoria” with Steve Lukather on guitar and Jimmy Johnson on bass. Sherinian and Joe Bonamassa also show their strong chemistry on “I Heard That.” The album closes with the epic title track featuring Steve Stevens on guitar and Tony Franklin on the fretless bass.

Oceana features a great collection of talent and of course a fantastic showing from Sherinian. With the success of Black Country Communion and a strong new solo album Derek Sherinian continues to cement himself as one of the premiere keyboardists of his time.

The Review: 7.5/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– Euphoria
– I Heard That
– Oceana

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