Vista's Jim Allchin releases 'Claptonesque' rock album

According to Silicon Valley Insider, former Microsoft employee and leading light for Windows Vista has turned his hands to matters of a more musical nature.

His new record Enigma, released on iTunes this past Tuesday, is described by one reviewer as "a Claptonesque tour de force".

The product description on Amazon claims: "Allchin's stunning debut CD is an intoxicating mix of pop/rock styles, from radio rock and pop ballads to metal and the blues - with a quick stop in the Latin Quarter along the way. An acclaimed guitarist, Allchin reveals his composing, singing, and producing skills on this impressive solo CD. He displays his virtuosity in this unexpected collection of foot-stomping blues, soaring intense guitar, and heart-wrenching ballads. Hear the songs more than once and you're sure to be singing them."

Amazon's price for the album on CD is US$17.99. The MP3-format version is selling for US$8.99 here (and, of course, you can hear samples of tracks there, for those without iTunes).

A New Zealander called "Geeky Grandma" offers her views on Amazon: "So far I've bought 'Kick It', 'Enigma Machine' and 'I'm About To Fall'. The 30 second snippets offered here don't do any justice to the tunes, so I strongly recommend you listen to the full version first before deciding you don't like what you're hearing. I didn't think I'd like 'I'm About To Fall' based on what I heard in the preview offered here, but after listening to the whole song on Allchin's website, really change my mind. I don't know who picks the part of the tunes that becomes available on these snippets, but in this case, they seriously do not do justice to the music."

Comments from iTunes, at least those not apparently from Washington state, are not so friendly: "This is literally one of the, if not THE, worst albums I've heard. I'd say it's the 'Ishtar' of music, but that would be doing a grave disservice to 'Ishtar'. I cringe when I hear this, and I'm at a loss for words to describe why it's so bad."

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LynxMukka said,
I like this new music news site. Neowin is a really good music news site! The name says it all doesn't it!

Oh shush.

It probably has nothing to do with his him, and has more to do with his distributor. My guess is you can get it on the Zune Marketplace too... I'd look, but that'd mean I'd have to install it.

At least he has the balls to release something he enjoys doing regardless of the mass criticism. I, for one, respect that. It's not even bad, people.

I'd like to see the people that are criticizing him try to put out something better.

He shouldn't put his face on the cover. He looks like a Scientologist or something. :)

But kudos for exploring the musical side of life!

Macalicious said,
I think it is great that people give new things a go once they have moved on in life to new things; I can't work out why there are haters on this story who seem to take their hatred of Microsoft and transfer it into hating Jim.

At least the guy is giving something a go - that is more than I can say for most people on this site.

Exactly. Thank you for not being a douche.

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