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Kevin Gilbert


Crossover Prog

4.21 | 178 ratings

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4 stars 8/10

The unfinished project of Kevin Gilbert is a real journey through the world of rock and roll replete with references to the giants of 70's, outstanding musicianship and a vulgar, very vulgar language.

"My name is Johnny Virgil and I'm gonna be a Star. Gonna get my share of fame". This is the desire of the protagonist of the story of The Shaming of True by Kevin Gilbert. The album is best known theme of the genre, so often treated in fiction and reality: the rise and fall of a rock star. The letters sarcastic and vulgar (and unfortunately very real) set the tone of lyrical album.

It's a shame to know that Kevin Gilbert did not live to see his complete works, he died of positive auto-erotic asphyxiation in 1996. I think he would have been proud of what Joe Rubin and Nick D'Virgilio did with his album. Because there is no sense of something missing in The Shaming of True, even between the death of its creator and its launch four years have elapsed it.

The album itself is a complete cycle, as can be noted that the same notes of dissonant keyboards and terrifying open and close the album (well actually closes the album with sounds of rain, but the keyboards precede it). And in this cycle there are 14 impeccable songs, most of the same level. There is provided an occasion for introspection and quiet (Johnny's last song, From there to here) the acidity and sarcasm directed at the music industry (Certifiable # 1 Smash), the conventional pop and pleasant (Imagemaker, The Best Laid Plains) and even there a capella a la Gentle Giant (Suit Fugue (Dance of the a & R Men))! In general these are all great songs.

4 stars. A great album, I think that people more will come to know him.

voliveira | 4/5 |


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