Dirty Linen - 4-5/00, p.79
"Fates Warning founder Jim Matheos ratchets down from progressive rock band to acoustic guitar-led ensemble....AWAY WITH WORDS is, not surprisingly, an instrumental album featuring a softer side of Matheos..."
Personnel: Jim Matheos (guitar); Charlie Bisharat (violin); Michael Manring (bass); Mark Zonder (drums).
Engineers include: Dave Obrizzo, Jim Matheos, Bill Metoyer.
Six years after his first solo album, Fates Warning guitarist Jim Matheos returns with the follow-up, Away With Words. It's fairly similar to its predecessor, with Matheos performing gentle acoustic guitar-based instrumental pieces rather than the flashy prog metal of his full-time gig. Once again, it's tasteful and well-played, featuring such guest musicians as violinist Charlie Bisharat and bass virtuoso Michael Manring. Sometimes it's a bit too tasteful and ends up blending into the background, but then again, that can be a legitimate aim of this type of instrumental music. However, for the most part, the musicians maintain their focus, making Away With Words the equal of its forerunner. ~ Steve Huey