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Friday, 28 March 2014

Adam Gilbert - A Generation Of Forgotten Kings Album Review

 
Piano-based singer-songwriter, Adam Gilbert is back with his band mates Sean O'Flynn (Guitar), Matt Jaworski (Bass) and Brain Prokop (Drums) with the follow up to their first album, 'Fishing For Water' which achieved national airplay and positive press through their alternative rock/pop sound. Their return with sophomore album, 'A Generation of Forgotten Kings' shows a more serious nature and more musical exploration..

Opening and title track, 'A Generation of Forgotten Kings' has a big opening with chants sounding out which are well placed throughout adding to its power and giving an arena feel to it, aided by the structure of the dramatic instruments also and lyrics filled with a positive meaning of unified change. A striking first blow to kick things off!

'How Do We Respond' is an emotional one with high focus on Adam's vocals with largely complex piano work to accompany and lyrics that display doubt and confusion with the appropriate instrumentation and vocal delivery to heighten this. 'On A Hill' keeps things coherent with another piano led offering. This is just lovely to listen to and sit back and relax and revel in with great variations of his vocals from soft to massive bellowing out - both equally effective!

Single, 'Steady As We Go' starts on a nice piano opening and shows beautiful resonance; this almost sounds as though we are living out his daydream in musical form with Adam pulling out his impressive vocal abilities - simple yet stunning!

'A Little Emotion' has more of an upbeat sound and melodies and takes us back to the anthemic elements seen with the opening track whilst embodying the unstable moods of previous songs. For extra power we see the use of some strong guitar work!

The romantic 'Everywhere I Go' has the feel of a soft rock ballad with its vulnerability with some hints of blues and jazz thrown in which all make for an elegant affair. 'We're Accountable' has a sombre sound to it and keeps things consistent and adds to variety with a big ambient sound especially through the instrumentation and as seen in other songs.

'This Old World' truly shows off the wonderful song writing capabilities being unique and treating us to brilliant melodies and vocal layers. 'Better' also displays this well, being very personal and emotional also. 'Do You Want Me Now' highlights Adam's lower vocal range which are superb!

'I'll Hold You In My Arms' perfectly demonstrates how the piano matches his vocal resonance with precision and for this alone it makes it a must hear! Approaching the end, 'Stay Awhile' contains beautifully serious vocals and sounds similar to a hymn and holds tonnes of emotion which has been building up throughout this album and reaches extraordinary heights by the end.

Last track, 'Listen' is also ballad-esque following on nicely, and is striking through its soft quiet vocals to growing powerful loud crashes in instrumentation. This has a dramatic and meaningful ending note and marks a perfect one to end on representing all the finest and hefty qualities we have been graced with throughout.

There is a lot of heart, dedication and attention to detail in this album and is one for all to enjoy with its many depths and moods which are demonstrated through the ever changing turbulence in both Adam's varied and flawless vocals as well as his band mates strong and complimentary instrumentation. This is impressive work which is highly worthy of a listen and based on this I for one can't wait to hear the next musical journey they take us on.



 

 
Listen to the album now here!

https://soundcloud.com/adam22gil/sets/a-generation-of-forgotten

Band Website:

www.adamgilbertmusic.com

Single:

https://soundcloud.com/adam22gil/04-steady-as-we-go

Itunes Link

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/generation-forgotten-kings/id491227981



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