The demolition level picks up with the title track ‘Breaking Apart’, a musical description of a lover’s fight (and right around the holidays, too) and the lingering emotions that follow. Jay Mazzarella contributes the next piece ‘Blighty’ to the album, an awesome example of tension and release, more tension and release, and a little more tension (not to mention some wild drumming). ‘Allah’ is a very old tune of Wright’s and was recorded here as a sound check, but when you hear the performance you’ll understand why it ended up on the album; although played with little or no rehearsal, it really works.
‘Life After Death’ is Wright’s anthem dedicated to anyone who has survived the death of someone they love. ‘Too Many People’ is a blues tune that digs into the emotions roused by overcrowded conditions (remember, rats attack each other when overcrowded). The set comes to a climactic close with ‘How Can I Stop’, a tune which started life as a composition with too much ‘cool jazz’ feel, forcing the question: “How can I stop it from continuing in this direction?” The answer may lie in the wailing guitar and eclectic drumming.
If you’re looking for emotional, high energy music with jazz, rock and new jack swing influences, then you can’t listen enough to this album.