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I Can Destroy
Released: 2016, Ear Music
In a change of pace from the batch of classic/true/Power Metal albums on deck to review this month, I was requested by a fellow staff member to throw some attention to the new Paul Gilbert solo album, I CAN DESTROY.
In my mind, most hard rock/Heavy Metal people associate prolific, guitar-based solo artists with such names as Satriani (15 albums), Malmsteen (20 albums) or even Buckethead, way up there with dozens of albums. However we often forget Mr. Paul Gilbert. I CAN DESTROY is his 14th solo album in 18 years! That is a pretty amazing pace. We haven’t reviewed a Gilbert album in a while so let’s check in!
I feel there are two advantages that Gilbert has perhaps over some strictly instrumental albums. First, these are songs with vocals and lyrics. Tied to that component is the fact he uses humour in those lyrics (and musically). I CAN DESTROY Is fast funny and fun album. You know, just from the title of the opening track, ‘Everybody Use Your Goddamn Turn Signal’ that this is not going to be too self-indulgent. Another great fun song is the track’ I Am Not the One (Who Wants To Be With You’) with very amusing use of the cowbell for comedic effect. MR. Big fans may catch the joke reference title too. Lyrically we get lots of songs about love and women and relationships but all with some quirky fun. The lyrics to ‘Blues Just Saving My Life’ are just hiIarious. I CAN DESTROY has some nice diversity in the songs, showing some different styles, but it is not as extreme as some solo albums that only showcase ‘the fast song’, ‘the blues song’, ‘the ballad’, ‘the Prog song’ etc, there is still some stylistic cohesion. The song-based tunes still have lots of great guitar and the vocals are smoky and soulful. There is a nice acoustic ballad that still has some very decent soloing. The whole hour-long collection of songs was produced by Kevin Shirley and Gilbert was assisted by some top-notch session guys so the whole thing sounds great. Paul Rock influences shine through, at times I hear Hendrix, Beatles, King's X and of course a bit of Mr. Big.
Is this a ‘Metal’ album? Not really, it’s not that heavy like a Joe Stump album or something, but it’s fun. Gilbert can play and shred, we all know that, but this is a fine collection of blues-based Hard Rock with superb guitar playing. ..and oh yes, he uses the drill! I CAN DESTROY is a great fun album.
1. Everybody Use Your Goddamn Turn Signal
2. I Can Destroy
3. Knocking On a Locked Door
4. One Woman Too Many
5. Woman Stop
6. Gonna Make You Love Me
7. I Am Not the One (Who Wants To Be With You)
8. Blues Just Saving My Life
9. Make It (If We Try)
10. Love We Had
11. I Will Be Remembered
12. Adventure and Trouble
13. Great White Buffalo
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