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Kevin Gilbert


Crossover Prog

4.21 | 178 ratings

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Relayer Duos
4 stars This is a unique album. This is a rock album, written by a man who's been through the whole music industry and back, written to mock the entire music industry.

The album follows the rise and fall of the rock star Johnny Virgil, from when only dreamed of glory, all the way to the point when he hears himself on the oldies radio station. It's a beautiful story full of every stereotypical rock element, drug abuse, crazy stunts, women galore, you know the rest. It's gripping and raucous, but also sad and depressed as he drives his progressively empty life into the ground. At each point in the story, we see the music industry at its worst, and most generic, point. The blend of everything over-the-top and everything you know to exist already creates an amazing line of memorable lyrics, song after song.

The best part however, has to be?.. the music (what a surprise). As the story progresses, so do the sounds and styles of the music. From the departure point, singer/songwriter style, we hit a myriad of rock subgenres, each more rowdy than the last showing, and each style perfectly summing up the story at that point. Through grunge and punk?through vocal fugues and 70's fun, the story and the music weave together to make a pleasing array of idiotic satire and ironic humor.

A solid 4 out of 5 stars, an excellent addition to any music library.

Relayer Duos | 4/5 |


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