A good album (but not Purple)
jeanneg99 | United States | 07/27/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you're thinking of buying this album because you're a Deep Purple or Rainbow fan - you're in for a surprise. It's a fine album on its own filled with interesting, catchy songs, but it is NOT a hard rockin album. It has an almost folk-rock feel. I was quite surprised at the depth and range of the songs. And Roger Glover sings one of them, and he sounds great! Enjoy this on its own but don't compare it to his work with Rainbow and Deep Purple or you'll be disappointed."
Beyond Deep Purple
Graham | Yorkshire, England | 10/23/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Not what you would expect from a previous memeber of Deep Purple. Lots of influences from Country and Western and Gospel and even a little back woods Folk. Very mellow and yet also at times having a foot tapping tempo, you will like this if you are a fan of Dylan, Ryan Adams, Tom Petty or Wilco. At times the vocals even sound a little like Chris Rea.
If you like the new fusion of Country and Western with smooth rock then you will enjoy this CD"
Mellow Rock or Country without the Twang?
P.S. | Japan | 11/15/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Most known as his part of bass player for Deep Purple, Roger Glover has a long history of solo projects and appearances on albums he has produced, as well as playing in Rainbow for a few albums and his part in Episode Six where he played with Ian Gillan before joining Deep Purple. Being a fan of those bands and having heard another solo album of his a long time ago, I decided to check this album out.
Though I have no reserves about saying this album is musically brilliant, I found myself thinking that I might appreciate this album more in fifteen or twenty years. One thought that came to my mind is that this is "old guys' rock." That's not really fair because at times I was reminded of Genesis and similar non-pop music of the early and mid-eighties. I was also reminded of country western bands on many occasions and thought that if vocalist Randall Bramblett sang with a twang this album would be a country western album. The album never rocks like Purple but then again I am sure Glover figured if he wanted to rock he would write a song for DP and not his solo work. The lyrics are rather retrospective on life in a few songs and pass on the wisdom of the older generation, something the younger could learn from but probably wouldn't understand or have interest in.
If you are interested in a blend of excellent musicianship with meaningful song writing and rock that is gentle at times, kind to the ears, and swings and grooves without knocking over the table then this album is worth checking out. As for me, I can appreciate it, but nothing really stood out and shook me up after the first couple of spins on the CD player. After a few more times I am sure I will be able to pick out a couple of favourites for those late nights (or early mornings) when I don't need to be bouncing off the walls."