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Master shredder turned pop and punk.
on December 8, 2011
Everyone knows Gilbert's prowess as a master shredder. Most speed players are naturally drawn to instrumentals since that style doesn't normally fit the style of a 'rock & roll band'. This album took me by surprise because not only is Gilbert attempting to mold his shred-a-listic style to a more accepted rock and pop type format, he actually sings. His singing is adequate but far from stellar. His great guitar tone is the better voice.
Songs like Mr. Spock and the title track (Space Ship One) are toe-tappers with some nice hooks that keep the listener engaged. Every Hot Girl is a Rockstar and On the Way to Hell are decent tunes. SVT sounds like something Green Day would record, except for perhaps some legitimate guitar playing. The rest of the tracks are pretty much forgettable particularly the ballad, We all Dream of Love, complete with piano. Really???? The Beatles' cover, It's All Too Much, is better than the original thought that's not saying much.
All in all, I think PG tries to mold his shred style to other genres possibly creating a dysfunctional record if one were to judge harshly. I think he pulls it off decently enough and maybe it's something he wanted to try. With 14 tracks, at least half you won't ever hit the repeat button, it's still worth a listen. But in the end, Space Ship One should dock at the Space Station and reconsider its journey.