Holdsworth music is considered controversial. Opinions range from “a million notes per second” to the “guitar genius”. Well, he’s both. This particular record Secrets is amazing. The line-up is a star ensemble: Along with Holdsworth it consists of Vinnie Colaiuta, Jimmy Johnson and Alan Pasqua (and some others). Still my favorite track is Spokes, in which Johnson and Colaiuta groove as if their lives depend on it. Still, it sounds very loose. Holdsworth himself plays guitar and Synthaxe. Some may detest the latter instrument, I think it’s magic. Then again you need a Holdsworth to get the best out of it. And he does.