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Kevin Gilbert


Crossover Prog

4.21 | 186 ratings

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5 stars This is one of my favorite albums of progressive rock ever, along with Close to the Edge, Foxtrot, and Images and Words. Kevin was such an amazing songwriter in every way, creating an ultimate fusion of pop sensations ("Imagemaker," "City of the Sun"), satirical commentary towards the music industry ("Certifiable #1 Smash") and solemn and sometimes sorrowful prog ballads ("Staring Into Nothing," "Water Under the Bridge"). I was first introduced to him by my music teacher who taught Kevin at my high school. My friend's dad also knew Kevin and he gave me a copy of Shaming of the True to see if I liked it. After that, I was hooked! Each song bleeds thriving emotion and pounding beats that won't stop me from jumping on the walls with excitement. Now I listen to it 24/7.

It's amazing to see an artist such as Kevin Gilbert to have a wide array of instruments at his disposal to create his colorful and meaningful music. Collaborating with Nick D'Virgilio of Spock's Beard fame, the presentation is very unique down to the creative booklet the CD comes in. As I'm transported into the world of Johnny Virgil, his world comes to life through the characters he meets and through his inner turmoil to find his true voice. Each song develops a personality of its own, which makes kevin very versatile in every way. Exposing the music industry through his gritty lyrical content and interesting expose, I've no doubt that such a feat is destined for becoming more progressive that still keeps going to the edge no matter what.

If you're looking for some great and truthful prog with a cool pop feel and edgy lyrics, this is definitely something to hear. Truly a masterpiece!

Obobass | 5/5 |


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