This review is from: Space Ship One (Audio CD)
This is an excellent cd by Paul Gilbert.
Those who know of PG will know that he is one of the worlds best guitarists, so the music on this
cd may be dissapointing if you're expecting a typical instrumental shred cd which this is not.
It is however, a cd full of excellent pop/rock songs, each different and ranging from
hard rock to power pop and bluesy rock, and there is also an excellent cover of George Harrison's 'It's
All Too Much', sounding somewhat similar to the excellent 1976 cover by Steve Hillage.
There is one instrumental which clearly demonstrates Paul's ability to shred as well as, if not
better than every other shred guitarist around today.
Where Paul stands out from his contemporaries is in his ability to write great songs.
The songs on this cd vary in style and all are sung by Paul who has a great voice which is perfectly
suited to all of the songs.
The guitar solo's do not dominate the songs, which clearly shows that PG applies a mature attitude
towards the music and his guitar playing.
PG knows that he can shred better than most when he wants to, but also knows that a good
song should not be a vehicle for lengthy guitar solos, but that the solo should compliment the song,
which is exactly what all of the solos on this cd do - they compliment the song perfectly.
The solos are all just right for each song, and are all perfectly constructed, demonstrating Paul's
mastery of composition and musical knowledge.
For guitar lovers, the solos are always very enjoyable to listen to and never boring making you
want to listen to each song again and again.
Being a guitarist myself, I generally listen to most rock music waiting for the guitar solo's, but I
can honestly say that this is not the case with this cd. As brilliant as the solo's are, the songs are
always strong enough to enjoy even without the solo's. (Can't say that about many guitar based cd's
PG is Unique amongst most current shred guitarists in that he has a good voice and can actually sing
very well, writes great songs that even non-guitar lovers can enjoy, and even writes good lyrics which
are never cheesey or corny, but never too serious, showing that he also has a good sense of humour,
which is at times clearly evident.
All the songs are very well constructed with good riffs and a strong sense of melody throughout.
Standout tracks for me are 'Space Ship One', 'Every Hot Girl Is A Rock Star', 'Terrible Man',
'Mr Spock' and 'Boku No Atama' which is very melodic and sung in Japanese and is my favourite song.
(Although I really do love every song).
All in all, this cd has everything - Great music, great musicianship, enjoyable fun lyrics and
brilliant guitar solo's.
The music on this cd proves that PG is not only a brilliant guitarist, but also an intelligent musician.